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Taking Control

*Originally posted to Instagram in January 2022

I needed to regain control.

In a time as chaotic as this: there is truth in the suggestion that says “the show must go on”.

And so “get essential” was the strategy.

There wasn’t a single outing or event I was going to miss and there was no amount of training I could do to fill my time.

My uncle Russ says:

“Give this guy a call, he’s a big wig over at ‘Miller’

..they’re hiring.”

Within days I was hired at Miller Northwest as an “Operator”.

The conversation went something like this:

“Well, can you operate?”

“Well: I can drive on the wrong side of the road in the U.K.”

With a reference and a bounce I was back in my own driver seat. Asphalting roads.

I miss it every time I think about it.

It was a perfect replacement for hockey: 15+ guys hanging out everyday with the same purpose of getting the job done.

I met some amazing people and made friends for life. I had unlimited laughs and gained my first reference that wasn’t hockey related.

The photo is of my friend Jordan and I.

Jordan is a childhood friend who, after reuniting in adult life proves just what can be accomplished, overcome, and conquered with love, compassion, resilience, and reflection.

In just a short summer we built a bond that allowed it to fly by.

Every ride to and from work saw conversation that encouraged limitless sharing, collaboration, discovery, and evaluation.

He taught me that with an open mind, a desire to grow, and grounding in something bigger than yourself: we can expand beyond what we ourselves believed to be possible.

He taught me the importance of who you surround yourself with, and how important it is to identify who it is you’re willing to listen to.

He taught me the importance of ones own awareness: how critical we must be when weighing both what limits us and supports us when pursuing our goals.

He taught me the importance of choosing todays sacrifices to ensure tomorrows success.

Between this and his knowledge in the field.. attempt to list everything he taught me would prove to be longer than either of us could ever imagine.

🙏🤜 🤛 @szach199

“It’s not the journey or destination, but the people you meet along the way.”

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