I wasn’t going to write a post today.
That was until I arrived at my hotel in Amman this afternoon and learned that a good friend of mine passed away in a plane crash over the weekend.
Erin and I grew up playing tennis together, and it’s been nearly a year since I’ve seen him. He was one of those guys who was always fun to be around, the life of the party, and just kind of did his own thing most of the time.
I think that’s why I have so much respect for him. Long before I’d broken out of my relatively uninteresting life, Erin was doing things his own way.
He went to school in southern California, graduated, and wasn’t sure what he wanted to do – so he started walking.
He headed up the Pacific Coast Trail, making it all the way back to Oregon where he realized he still didn’t know what he wanted to do, so he turned around and started walking back the way he came. I don’t know how much truth there is to that story, but that’s the version I heard.
He traveled all over the place from Europe to South America – the dude has covered way more ground than me.
Bottom line, even if he was never entirely sure what to do, he made the most of the time he had. He had killer stories from his travels and adventures, and for that I’m happy.
As I sit here in Jordan, where in the last 48 hours I’ve hiked to a cliff top at sunrise with a Bedouin man, jumped out of an airplane, atv-ed through the desert of Wadi Rum, and much more, it makes me happy that I’m doing what Erin would have done. I may not have all the answers, or have figured everything out, but I’m making the most out of the time I have.
I’ve been extremely fortunate to have not lost many people close to me in my life. It’s been years since I could even consider Erin a close friend, but if you’ve ever lost someone you know well, you know it makes you think.
Today, I encourage you to think.
Think about where you’re currently at in life, and where you want to be. Are you on the path you want? What small change can you make today to start heading in the direction you want to be going?
What do you like to do? Do more of it.
Who do you like to be with? See them more often.
Where do you want to go? Just go, the details are just that.
Who do you want to be? Start being it. The only person who cares about your excuses are you.
We’ll get back to our regular posts soon. But it’s things like this that make me realize that there’s a lot out there that’s more important than blogs, business, and this whole internet thing.
Figure out what’s important to you, and take the time to remember those who were close to you that have passed.
What would they tell you to do with your life?
Erin, I’m going to miss you man. But I’ll sleep well at night knowing that in your 27 years you kicked the crap out of life, and most people can never say that.