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2023: A year of...

2023: A year of...

January 11, 2024

LOVE!

It’s amazing how the world can conspire in your favor when you are mindful enough to make space and open yourself up to it.

In September of 2022 I went on a hike to close a chapter of my life and leave behind those things that were holding me back as I watched the SUNSET over the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Roan Highlands. There I learned how fleeting life can be. Both magically blissful times and impossibly difficult times will both be gone in the matter of an instant... just like a majestic sunset that makes 4 hours vanish in the blink of an eye. I was so captivated by the sunset, that I sat in my camping chair and I wrote...

"I made it to Hump Mountain! What a view! I can feel the wind at my face and I can hear the hush of the gusts rushing through the valleys as if to quiet the wilderness for night… but the sun is just setting. What was revealing every ridge, spine, and nook of the mountain range beneath me is now emitting a haze which floats above the gorges below. Layers of peaks, close and far, appear as choppy seas to the squinted eye. Above them is the main event… Our world’s star, the provider of everything we know, blasts its rays through stratus clouds with an almighty power tempting the eye for a direct view. The atmosphere provides a canvas on which the sun erupts a palate so majestic words cannot paint. Such an inspiring view, it makes a mere human’s form of art seem juvenile. So captivating I dare not look away, even to try and document the moment, for missing a frame in nature’s spectacular film would be unforgivable. A frame I can never have back. The ultimate practice in living in the moment. I’m reaching out to soak up the entire experience with all my senses. Even as the sun’s heat exits stage left for the wind’s biting chill to replace, I must not miss the grand finale. While the clouds now engulf the sun, a band of magnificent pink below endures. The bittersweet knowledge of one day’s sunset gone forever is relieved by the hope of sunrise tomorrow."

Shortly after, in October, I met my person. Not by searching for her, but by becoming the man I knew my life partner would call hers. It turns out all the cliches are true; when you know you know. Life before Bianca doesn’t even seem real or possible. She is the love of my life, my inspiration, my personal comedian, my life partner, and now... my wife.

This morning I woke up next to her in a beautiful home on SUNRISE Avenue. This beautiful script, that was seemingly written for me to live through, is too perfect to have happened by chance. 12/31/2023 was the best day of my life and I’m looking forward to the best year of my life in 2024!

God is love: "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us." 1 John 4:11-12 ESV