I first heard of you while talking in passing to a work colleague about their personal interest. While at first this was a way for me to network, the passion behind this story was admirable at the very least. As time moved on, this person helped me through a difficult period of my life.
I come from a very dysfunctional background starting from birth. The last 3 years has been shocking and tragic for me and my 7 year old son. At the time William introduced me to you, I was questioning me as a person and a mother. My life has always been drama filled and chaotic and as 40 was fast approaching I felt I really needed to find my happiness for my own sanity.
See I come from a very long line of addiction. I never got on the drug train but alcohol was my crutch. William hasn’t had alcohol in 25 years so he quickly became a sounding board for me. The last 6 months of 2014 I was drinking more than I ever had. I was spiraling out of control in anger, regret, and pity. Making the decision to change my behavior was at times painful and a reality I never had to deal with. I masked realities for a long time.
I haven’t had a drink since December 22. Since this time, I’ve learned to appreciate what is really important in life. I’m learning to work to live, instead of living to work. I understand there is no book on the perfect parent and societies label that we should be super heroes is an expectation no one can achieve. I have learned that I am important, and no one should take my weaknesses to make me feel small or not significant. I’m learning that I may not have received a royal flush in life but a pair of 2’s is just as good if you play it right.
George introduced me to The Thrill of Chase. I got to know you, William and myself. Your story has allowed me to open my mind to what the value of me is. Through your story I have fallen in love with William – and he has since moved from Louisiana to Missouri so that we can be together as life partners – my husband. Forrest I’m the happiest I have ever been in my life and I must thank you for your part in that.
Today, William and I will leave Missouri and start our adventure. Over two weeks we will explore Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and end in New Mexico. While I think the hunt is an added bonus to keep us looking for the prize, the thrill of spending quality time and appreciating the beauty, history and what God has left for us is truly the value for me. J
I know you get thousands of requests but it would be nice to meet you while we are in New Mexico. This trip will be one of my legacies.
I’m expecting we will leave the New Mexico on August 14 or 15 to head back to Missouri. We have no laid plans except where we want to hunt, and for the first four days in Wyoming and then Montana. I must add we are tent camping this entire time! My cell phone number is xxx-xxx-xxxx or you can respond to this email if this is an option.
Thank you again Forrest. I hope one day I can tell you this in person.