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Over the holiday weekend here, I found myself surrounded by family, both immediate and the out-of-towners. All in all, I’ve got a small army of my people in town, and I couldn’t possibly feel any luckier. Family is the most important thing in my life, and when my career has come and gone, and friends or acquaintances have disappeared into the night, I know that there is a core group that will always have my back and they’ll always have my best interests at heart.

When I started writing this, it was with the intent to give you an update of what I’ve been doing, but I think I’ll get to that in another post. Right now, something else has been bothering me …

Ryan Jimmo’s unfortunate death.

I wasn’t close to Ryan. In fact, I knew very little about him other than what I observed in his fights or the random clip I might have caught. I think we’ll all fondly remember his Mr. Roboto dance, but outside of those few things, my personal knowledge of him was pretty limited.

What I do know is that he was a beast of an athlete; just a big, strong, intimidating guy. I know that he had people that loved him, and that they have been robbed of his presence. I can’t help but feel incredibly sad for his parents, and all the people who were close to him.

It’s such a waste of a vibrant, young man, his life cut short because of senseless violence. I don’t know all the details, but from what I can gather, they’ve found the guys responsible and hopefully justice will be served. Something like this acts as a big reality check and puts a lot of things in perspective for me.

I know we all take things for granted from time to time because it’s human nature to get a little comfortable. You see something like this and it kind of humbles you and makes you realize that every day is precious, and you can’t afford to become complacent.

The takeaway is that any day could be your last, so you’ve got to enjoy each one to the fullest. Love the people around you as much and as best as you can. Let them know how much you appreciate them and how much they mean to you. Never take a single thing for granted.

RIP, Ryan Jimmo.


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