Shortly before this course started, I posted a blog about 4 incredible women that I have met in the years since I’ve been ill, but I don’t want to talk about them today. Today I want to describe a man that has touched my heart and my life in ways that no one else has and probably never will. He isn’t my boyfriend or my husband or my partner, but he is my truest friend that I could ever wish for.
I met this man close to 20 years ago when we both worked for the same company and we have both changed a lot since then. I remember being intimidated by his stature at first, because he was an ex navy officier, who stood up straight, walked with a steady and deliberate gait (even in his cowboy boots) and had the biggest belt buckle I have ever seen. His thinning hair was covered by a 10 gallon cowboy hat and his silver trimmed glasses highlighted his kind eyes. Beneath all of these clothes was a man who exuded positivity, warmth and love.
When he walks into a room, he commands respect, but not in a snobbish, pretentious way. You just sense that this man has something important to say and that being around him will make you feel good. He speaks in a calm and gentle tone and in all the years we’ve been friends, maybe he’s raised his voice once. When he speaks to you, you believe in him and in what he has to say.
He is a protector of people and I have been protected by him in many ways, both on the job and in my personal life. Since I’ve been ill, he has come to my rescue on so many occasions that it’s hard to recall them all, but he was the one that took me to my disability hearings so that I wouldn’t have to go through it alone. When I had to stop working and go on disability, he bought me an ipad, so that I could keep myself occupied and during the first holiday season that I was sick, he came and picked me up and drove me around NYC so that I could see the holiday decorations. When I had to move because of my illness, he handled the movers and made sure my apartment was empty and clean. He makes me feel safe whenever I am near him and he doesn’t even have to do anything but be himself.
But he doesn’t only protect his loved ones, he was the last man out on our floor when our office buildings were evacuated on 9/11. He made sure everyone else got to safety before he left the building and then he made sure to secure our computer and data systems, so that our company would be protected from downtime and data loss.
His approach to life, when I first met him was very foreign and strange to me, but as time went on, I began to start to see life as he did. He was an example of the “law of positive attraction” and he taught me to ask the universe for things and to change my thought process.
Although I am still working on this, as it doesn’t seem to come easily to me, to him, it’s second nature and there is no other way. He never seems to worry about little things, such as checking the bus or train schedule. He believes whenever he gets to the station, there will be a train waiting for him. He never worries about finding parking spots because they always open up when he drives on a block. He never worries about how much things cost because he believes everything will even out in the end. He is generous to a fault, to the people that matter to him and I am lucky enough to be included in that group.
This man is one of a kind, and I thank my lucky stars ever night that he walked into my life that day. When he greets you, he encompasses your body with a big warm bear hug or when he calls you on the phone and says “Morning” in his southern drawl, you know things will always be alright as long as you have him on your side and in your corner.