It’s in times of loss that we typically step back and think about the meaning of our own lives and our connections with loved ones. Thoughts of things we wish we had said or feelings we wish we had conveyed haunt us as we attempt the futile task of rewriting history in our minds.
Yesterday, I lost a friend, and right on queue, I’m replaying the last conversation I had with him in my mind. It’s not that I have any huge regrets, but there isn’t closure on that conversation, and it was on me to send an email to punctuate it.
My friend Nathan who I met back in the Summer of 2010 said something to me then that has stuck with me ever since:
‘It’s always nice to meet other passionate, energetic people who like to not just talk, but do things.’
This really resonated with me, and it gave me a boost of confidence during a challenging time that I was going through. It turned out the friendships that formed during this period of my life enabled Spirit of the Gulf Coast to become a reality and for many positive changes to take place as a result. Doing things in this context is something that I continually aspire to, especially when they help make the world a better place to live.
I have always prided myself on ‘doing things’ that many people think are crazy, irrational, impractical, dangerous, etc. This is what makes me feel alive. These are the things that bring joy to my life, and often the lives of others. I’ve come to realize lately that although many of my adventures are done as part of my own personal journey, they have affected many others, some of which I don’t even know about. Btw, if you missed my last post on the 2010 recap, it has a quick summary of the highlights that you can check out here. Read more…