One More Shot, Gary!
Hello and Happy Holidays!
As 2017 comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the year that past and my goals for the future. This year I have seen how easy it is to let the little things take over - to "sweat the small stuff" as they say. In November I embarked on a "I am thankful for ..." social media campign. For 30 days I shared publicly something I am thankful for in my life. A seemingly easy thing at first became much harder than I thought. I really had to think and reflect everyday to find at least 1 thing I was feeling good about, even when I was overwhelmed by daily life (work, 6th grade transition tp middle school, three-nagers, etc.). It's funny now that I think about it, as I write my yearly letter to all of you. I have something to be thankful for everyday...having BOTH my parents in my life.
These two people that taught me how to find the silver lining and cherish small moments. They also taught me to take one day at a time, know that everything happens for a reason, and to go big - in life, when setting goals, and fighting for what is right. Finding 30 things I was thankful for for 30 days, that was the easy part. That is the day to day motivation. To make it up Everest (or Kilimanjaro if you are Lee Evan) - that takes guts, perseverance, and a “go big” target - like fighting for your life.
22 years ago my parents fought everyday to find Lee Evan and I a sense of normalcy while they were battling in the fight of their lives - a fight FOR life. 22 years ago research granted me the life I live today- a life with BOTH my parents. A life filled with 365 days to be thankful regardless of anything else; 365 days to be thankful and one BIG target in mind - helping others fight to have the same, a life with their loved ones.
Thank you all for affording me this opportunity year after year to remember what life is all about ... love, friends and most of all, having the opportunity to live each day with the people I love most; the people that make life worth living; the people that make the small stuff seem minuscule and obsolete - my parents.
Will you join us as we TOAST 22 years of SHOTS at LIFE?!?! You can sign up or donate here.
Cheers! Here’s to another, “One More Shot, Gary!”
Robin (his favorite – and only – daughter), Lee (squared), Isaac, & Gabi