Last night I thought of an old friend. He was the nicest, funniest and most spontaneous person I’ve ever met. He had such a unique and distinct laugh that you’d never forget. And a character that no one you’ll meet will ever match. Some of my favorite memories from my teenage years were with him. Unfortunately, we lost touch and at the beginning of my freshman year of college he took his own life, leaving behind a wife and little boy.
Every once in a while, when I think of him, I can’t help but to laugh out loud from all the crazy and fun shit we did. As I thought of him last night, I was thinking how he didn’t get the chance to realize his life dreams. He never got the chance to really do amazing things throughout his life.
“Even if it’s raining outside, or minus-40, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God I don’t want to go train today. It wouldn’t be a big difference skipping one day,“’ Bilodeau said in an interview during the lead-up to the Sochi Olympics. “But looking at my brother, to be able to give him that chance of being in my body for one day, and going to the Olympics, he would jump in my shoes and go out there and run a marathon. So I’m like ‘OK, let’s stick to the plan, let’s go.”
“Most of his dreams are not realistic, and when I think about it, I’m like ‘where are my limits?’ I have remembered that,” Bilodeau explained. “And out of respect for my brother I have to go after these dreams and to do all within my power to try to make it happen.”
Thinking of my old friend, I realized I should be absolutely grateful for what I have in life. The chances, opportunities and dreams we have should be pursued with an intense fervor. Not everyone in life can do what others can. So we should Go Big and do everything possible to achieve our dreams. Not only do it for your own sake, but for others too.
Go for it