Tonight I completed one of the tougher, more beautiful runs of my life. My friend Brian Hickey joined me as we ran the famous Magnolia Road just outside of Boulder. Dirt roads, hills, high altitude, unbelievable vistas, lots of swearing and alpacas made appearances along the way. The run will stay with me as especially memorable for a number of reasons, some of which will be revealed later (What's this? Foreshadowing?). What I will say, is I couldn't have had a better running partner than Brian. He's among my closest friends and I've run many physical and metaphorical miles with him alongside me.
As we conversed, I couldn't help but appreciate Brian's overwhelming and excited support of my endeavors, mixed in with typically random thoughts that make it from his brain into words sometimes. He's a great friend and I'm so fortunate to have him in my life.
Brian serves as just one more example of what has become a key topic on my mind lately. I'm beyond fortunate and thoroughly blessed to be surrounded by so many great people. Recently I've been reminded of that, as I've made rounds and shared some stories, news, laughs and beers with the great group that's in my life.
There is a quote I like that really summarizes what's on my mind.
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer
That quote perfectly describes what I've had. Plenty of people have come and go in life, but I am proud to say I've had so many incredible people reach me at some point. It's impossible to name them all, but I just want to call out a group that have been on my mind lately.
While we're talking mentorship, I have Eryc Eyl to thanks for being a creative sounding board, advisor and for thrusting me back into the arts & entertainment world. He's been such an influence as I have become acquainted with Colorado creatives, and has made so many introductions of me to movers and shakers.
The rest of the introductions seem to have come from Corey Jones, a young man I've watched grow into a creative force, and integral part of what's happening in Denver's creative scene (SEE: Open Screen Night).
My growth as a marketer and general creative has come through unwavering support and guidance in various fashions from people like Bob Cronberg, Martin Atkins, Stavros Korovilas, Christopher McGowan, Stephen Francis, Kevin James, Vincent Joseph, & Brian Bender-Vecchione.
I have Stavros, Chris, Mike Flanagan and recently Kendall Smith & Geoff Deakin to thank for freely trusting me with great deals of responsibility in my career.
Friends like Matt O'Shea, Commacho Dennison, & Andrew Detch have stayed up to wee hours of the night and drank many-a-beer debating me over a variety of topics. Those guys have stayed friends with me once it was revealed that at times I was arguing a point completely counter my beliefs, just to get them riled up and be a jerkface.
I've had great running/walking/drinking/talking-about-life friends in Erica Peharda, Eddie Mockus, Leigh Collins, Louis Gulino, Hallie Jaeger, Angela Evans, Kathryn Wilkie, Pete Falknor, & Matt Egleston.
I have friends like Eric Thompson & Corey Gage who have stuck with me through thick and thin.
I have a friendship in Jill that has become one of the most important of my life in such a short period of time.
I even have friends like John Farrell who have put up with constant public verbal abuse on my part, because they know (or think *cough*) I'm being facetious and truly support them.
All of these people (and many more) have helped rekindle that inner spirit. Thank you to every one of you who has gotten to know me on even the smallest level.