When I think about the year 2013 I can’t help but to say think you. I spent the beginning of 2013 in Nigeria, spending time with the woman of my dreams, a woman who I would soon propose and later celebrate with amongst 2000 friends, villagers and voyagers in Nigeria. I came back to the US only to have the opportunity to speak in front of 1000 of my peers, encouraging them that our time is now. Soon thereafter I started a voyage at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. A voyage in which I met some of the COOLEST, most diverse people in the entire world.. Well basically the entire world was on campus. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love other cultures. I made friends from France, Germany, Kuwait, Ghana, Morocco, Sudan, Kenya, Iran, India, China, Trinidad and Chile. These people taught me so much about what it means to live with a global mindset. They broadened my world view.
Soon thereafter I got a chance to meet and connect with people who would change the course of my life. As a matter of fact, these guys inspired me to create this very blog you’re reading. I met men that believed in me, challenged me, rejoiced with me, and pushed me to newer heights; even greater challenges. That was nothing but God.
At the same time, this year posed some challenges, with a broken fibula being at the forefront. You’ve read enough about my injury, but what you haven’t read about is the amount of joy I’ve found despite it. I got a chance to spend time at schools, homeless shelters, state fairs, hospitals, and mentorship centers. I got a chance to get to know the city that I’ve spend the last 3 years in. I got a chance to see the people who keep the world spinning. I GOT A CHANCE to live and to love, to laugh and to cry, to crutch and to scoot, all around Phoenix. And I couldn’t have been happier. AND I got a chance to document all of it thanks to my friends at Channel 12 who believed in me enough to give me a chance.
But what I’ll remember the most in 2012 are the people I met and the friends I made. Callixta, Barry, Christine, Gbemi, Deanne, Dayvisson, Patricia, Carissa, Max, Brittany, Mary, Jasmine, Mike, Jeff, Coop, Ben, Patti, T Money, Caleb, Avery, Justin, YB, Los, Zo, JB, JB, the other JB, Carson, Drew, Jose, Ale, Lukas, Earl, Jessica, Cassie (the glue), Scott, Jill, Tram, Caribe, Jordin, Coop, Jason, Brian, Brian, Oye, Crae, T-da, Andy, D Minor, Andy, Andy, Jackie, Liz, Lea, Greg, BA, themanacho, Reech, OBIM, Chef, Tim, Karina, Johnny, Criselda, Dave, Jayna, Cody, Ben, Noelle, Dallas, Tillie, Mikey, Brog, Ra, 5’10”, 5’11”, Jami, Anna Montana, Jeff Jacket, Octavia, Benson, Madelyn, Bruna, C Cam, Jared, Sev, Fisch, Jakey, Elijah, Steph, Hayden, Victory, Nkem, Corinna, Analina, Gretchen, Bri, Chacha, Natalia, Marion, Darlene, J leezy, Christina, Matt, Evan, Amara, Gabe, Alva Khai, Mr. Josh Reibock, Pres. Billy Jeff, Mom, Dad, Pete, Rob, Rocio, Randi, Akanksha, Kulnuttha, Cheeks, Cuppy, Destinee, Sam, Rich, JC, KB, Adam, and EVERYONE else who I did not mention, THANK YOU for a great 2013.
God, thanks for putting these wonderful people in my life. This year was better than I could have ever imagined, and I pray that I can trust you even more for the year ahead.
In Jesus’ name I pray,