A little more than 10 months ago my father passed away.
He had become one of my best friends and his sudden passing was beyond difficult. It's funny the things you find yourself remembering - conversations you had, fish you caught, dreams you shared.
Many years ago, I remember sharing with him that I really wanted to take some time and backpack through Europe. And I remember when I brought it up, he was my biggest supporter in doing so. Years went by and I never made the trip but every so often he and I would somehow stumble into the same conversation and he would offer another round of encouragement for me to book a ticket and go. And every time I would always respond by promising that one day I would.
For me, a decade of making excuses ends on Sunday. It is time to close what has been a very painful chapter in my life and it is time to honor a promise I made to a man who taught me what it is to be a man.
No more letting life get in the way. No more excuses. No more dreams deferred.