T Bones, I’m having the hardest time describing how much you mean to me…
Simply because you mean everything.
I cry every morning knowing that I can’t wake up from this sick dream. I can’t FaceTime you to make this pain go away.
But I’m finding solace in reflecting on your life. Knowing you lived it with zero regrets. That you had the wisdom to know that life is precious and to savor the moment - and you did.
What you packed into 27 short years is more than most people do in multiple lifetimes. I was so lucky to be there for some of it…
From grade school lacrosse, to parties in Toni’s basement to Rufus at Red Rocks. And then on to 15 countries in 12 months (including having to beg, barter and steal with @jimmystans because we were cashless. Turns out there are no ATMs in the Bolivian desert)
You really did go out on top. Our last month was one of the best of our lives. Our final night in Mexico when we stayed up till 5am sharing our bromance for each other, the memories we shared, and the memories yet to come. That was the last conversation I had with you in person. I couldn't think of better one. Again, no regrets.
You crushed life in all facets. You were a renaissance man. A rockstar who left behind a vast body of work. The resume of your life is at the top of every pile.
There is no one who met you who didn’t think you were special. Who didn’t want to be with you. You had a magnetic aura that pulled people in. And we all know you pulled.
You spoke softly but when you spoke, we listened. You always had the right words. Your wit, your intelligence and that damn smile.
In your presence, we felt safe, secure and confident knowing there’s no place we’d rather be. You’re with Tyler Standley.
He’s the dude. An icon. A legend in the purest form.
There’s not a moment that goes by where I don’t think of you. I know it’s going to be this way for life and that’s ok.
You’re the best friend that I’ll ever have.
My mentor. My travel partner. My brother. My role model. My best man.
We were supposed to grow old together. Have our kids grow up together. Continue to share this beautiful world together with our beautiful friends.
And while you won’t be there in person. I know your soul and your presence will always be here guiding us on.