Life is a crazy journey and if my first 30 years are any indication of what the next 30 will be like, well then, I am going to look back at age 60 and be able to say I've been a very lucky man. I have an incredible family, amazing friends and a career that I love.
But reflection is very important to me and I believe very strongly in the saying that you can't know where you are going unless you know where you've been. I am going to try and make this post short and sweet (not likely with my track record), but most importantly I hope I can articulate clearly some things I want Lauren to know.
I met Lauren Fairchild in April of 2007 as I was starting my career with the Cavaliers organizatrion. We actually started dating about two months after my first day and living together not too long after that. It took me about 10 minutes to realize what type of person Lauren is, and not too much longer to fall in love with her. Now here we are more than five years later, and we've decided that we need to continue life's journey separately, on different paths. However, that is not what this post is really about.
Lauren just in case I never said these things enough, or at all for that matter, here you go:
1.) You are a beautiful person both inside and out. Pretty simple here. Don't let anyone ever tell you different. And if they do, give me a call and I'll take care of it.
2.) Forget being one of the most talented women I have ever met, you are one of the most talented people I have ever met. Lauren you have accomplished amazing things already and you can do whatever you set your mind too. Athletically you were an amazing gymnist, now you are running marathons, teaching health and fitness classes, and helping so many people live healthier lives. Professionally you achieved tremendous success in a male dominated sports industry and could just as easily still be flourshing working for us or any other team. Instead you completely changed directions and will undoubtedly now dominate the financial sector. There are not many people that I know who would even have the guts to do what you did, let alone be talented enough to have success in two completely different professions. Regardless, wherever and whenever you find your true professional passion I know that you will be a superstar. Hint Hint: Open your own gym and be a full time fitness professional!!
3.) There are not too many people as competitive, driven, stubborn, and bull-headed as I am. But I met my match with you. One of the many things that I really love about you.
4.) You are one of the most unselfish, put together, organized, and practical people I have ever met. You truly changed the man I was and the man I will always be as I move forward in my life. I am a total work in progress but there are things that I will never be able to repay you for teaching me. I can't list them all, because this is supposed to be short and sweet, but you know what they are. So thank you.
5.) HOME - We built a home together (with some initial help from Kalister of course) that is full of so many amazing memories, some nasty ones too, arguments, incredible parties, and a place that has always been a welcome place for the people we care about the most. We lived, worked and played in one of the most amazing cities in the world.
Last but not least....
6.) Love, Respect, Family. Love - I will always love you, unconditionally. Respect - I will always have a deep and profound respect for you as a person and what our relationship has meant to me. FAMILY - No matter where we are in our lives you will ALWAYS be my family. FOR LIFE.
Fairch - I know I am a handful and I'm well aware that I didn't always make it easy. But the last five years have helped shape who I am as an adult, and I wouldn't trade our time together for anything in the world.
LIFE IS ABOUT LOVE! Onward and Upward.