Having dinner with these two is always a treat for me; they make me believe I might just have a bit of cool left in me. We worked together several years ago and developed a mutual admiration, love, and appreciation for one another that just stuck. I love that.
These two men are so supportive and encouraging to me, and of me, and my little project that I can’t even express how grateful I am. And I can’t wait to hear their latest adventure and adrenaline fix. There’s always something they are shooting, driving, riding, traveling to, coming back from or getting ready to go on.
This dinner is a farewell of sorts for Justin who is starting a new adventure, a new job, in a new state. And I thought I knew how to do over. Through whatever circumstances, this opportunity presented itself and he has grabbed it with both hands. Love that too. But…
The more we all talked the more he’s realized that this is a BIG move and with that comes what he was calling pressure, we changed that to motivation, with that comes the realization that you have only you to rely on for your happiness, your success or failure, your inspiration for all things great and small, your connections both old and new. There would be the learning to love your own company for a pretty good amount of time until those connections get made and then reestablishing yourself as friend or acquaintance or associate or colleague. The unknown just reeks of resourcefulness and Justin is well versed in that particular area.
These two have been fast friends from the moment they met; they have traveled many miles together and will absolutely learn to move this friendship into accommodation mode until things are more established. For now Matt is challenging his friend to think the deeper thoughts necessary for him to succeed/survive and chiding him as only a good friend/big brother can do. They are both working on this together, though I’m not sure they realize it yet.
I know like I know this will create the growth Justin needs to move closer to the man he envisions himself to be. I know what kind of man he is, he just has to figure it out for himself. I’m at the ready for anything either of them need whenever they might need it, such is the love I have for these two. I must admit I probably won’t feel the impact as much because I only get to see them a few times a year but I’m pretty sure we’ll be firing the emails back and forth with whatever advice (or teasing) might be needed. They will remain, as they always do, on my mind, in my heart and loved. I continue to remain open to whatever life lessons they can teach me.