Mandy Brown asked: What is your favourite memory?
The long of the short of it is that I have had a lot of really great moments in my life, but sadly, the thrill and excitement that I used to get from these now distant memories is much like the memory itself: Faded.
Becoming the youngest black belt in Ontario for Wado Kai karate? Becoming the youngest club manager in World Gym franchise history? Cutting the Umbilical cord on my first born son, Jacob? Teaching my very first official class at Niagara College with only a high school diploma? Taking over as the Defensive Coordinator for the Fighting Irish youth football team? Driving out to Vancouver on my first cross-country road trip? Watching my daughter graduate from high school? Getting engaged in Ireland to my beautiful wife-to-be? The hundreds (I mean it when I say hundreds) of hours that Jacob and I spent playing football together? Partying it up at Eden Fest with my buddy Jay and his brother Jeff? Swimming in the shark-infested Atlantic waters of Ogunquit, Maine?
Without a doubt, those have all been some amazing experiences in my life that have each translated into equally amazing stories, but I truly believe that my greatest memories rest somewhere in the heart of Algonquin Provincial Park. I am convinced that every single one of the greatest experiences of my life have all happened out on those lakes and cliffs and trails. It’s the only place on this earth that I would want my ashes to be scattered after I’m dead and gone, so I guess that’s gotta count for something. Right?
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