My Dear Friends and Colleagues –
There is the saying, likely existing in every language that has ever been spoken – that youth is wasted on the young.
If we only knew as children what we finally learn in our later years – that life is precious, that life is fleeting and that all that matters at the end of the day is what we do in our lives for the betterment of those we love and for the greater world.
In my 56 years on this earth (less the 25 years it took me to figure things out) I’ve devoted my professional energies in the advancement of technologies to help improve the world. Together with the incredible and talented human beings that I was fortunate enough to surround myself with over the years (I love each and every one of you) we faced seemingly impossible challenges that we were able to overcome through the strength of our intelligence, commitment and resolve.
I am so very grateful for the life that I’ve been able to live, the experiences that I’ve been able to have (all over the world) and most of all for the people that allowed me to be the best that I could; to achieve our mutual dreams. Without you, my teams, I could have never achieved the successes that we had.
Just as everything has a beginning, so too is there an end. Unfortunately, my professional successes were not matched by the serious health challenges that arose. With the love and support of my family and friends I was able to put up a great fight, but ultimately this was the one challenge that I could not overcome.
What I would like to impart upon you, as my final thought, is that while we had so very many successes, it’s the smiles, the high fives, the hugs and kisses that we enjoyed together – having crossed the finish line TOGETHER.
It’s all about the people.
People make the memories.
Treasure those around you, don’t allow objects and meaningless things to blind you – and create new and meaningful memories every day.
With love and respect, always