Have you ever had a crazy idea that while in thought seemed brilliant but in reality maybe not so much? Trust me we’ve all been there. Have you ever had that idea AND actually took action to turn it into fruition? Something like a YOLO moment? I certainly have.
March 16, 2016
Saint Patrick’s Day was right around the corner and when you’re a 23 year old college senior, this is kind of a big deal. It’s basically another Christmas except instead of presents you get beers. What a life. So, it’s no surprise that when one of my friends suggested that we do something BIG and CRAZY we were easily all on board. But what to do?
How about rent an RV, pack it up with 10 guys, and drive 1,300 miles to Missouri to surprise a friend? Crazy idea in thought? Check. Crazy idea in reality? Check. Do it anyways? You bet. So that’s exactly what we did.
and BOOM… a “brilliant” idea was about to be created.
Problem is…we have 0 idea how this all works. The process from * Idea → 10 of Us Driving In an RV * is a very, long road. (RV pun) Despite that, we decided to do our research and rent an RV online with just a click of a button! Wow that was so easy! The day came when we were suppose to pick it up and guess what…the RV wasn’t there. “Oh sorry, the RV for 10 people didn’t show up but we have this one that fits 4…maybe 5”. Well thanks for the offer buddy but…no. Panic sets in. We have 10 people who took work off, packed their bags, and who are waiting on us to show up with a giant RV. We quickly start calling every single place within a 100 mile radius. This NEEDS to happen.
Finally, one place answers but it’s over an hour way…me and the 2 others who were in charge look at each other…”Screw it”…so we raced off. We’re flying down the highway, we’re talking with the RV Rental Store, answering questions, filling out forms through the phone, they’re running around on their end trying to get the registration to check in with the RMV, filling the gas, checking maintenance, etc etc etc. It’s pure chaos, however, the wheels are turning (more puns :D) and things are happening. We pull into the store parking lot and there it is, in all it’s glory. Ready to hit the road.
We sign the papers, pay the store, and slowly but surely (it’s scary driving something huge) drive over to pick everyone up right on time and as planned. You can see the look of disbelief on our friend’s faces that we actually pulled it off. You can probably see that same look from us too. Before we knew it, the RV was packed, our parents were sending us off and we were on our way for the trip of a lifetime.
The next 5 days spent were some of the best of my life. We surprised the heck out of our friend, celebrated the way we wanted, met some incredible people, partied a little 😉 and just lived life. I wish it never had to end. Sadly, the return home was a different story, and not just because the fun was over and it was back to work as usual.
There was something else back home waiting for me that would change my life forever…
March 23, 2016.
Only two days after returning from my adventure of a lifetime.
I receive a call from my aunt, she wants to know if I’m busy. Her tone is tense and real. It sounds like she’s been crying. She asks if she can come over with my uncle and my two cousins, an unusual request. Of course, I say yes but quickly hang up with no questions asked. Immediately my mind starts to race around. I’m walking back and forth across the room until I decide to just sit in silence, waiting for them to arrive. My stomach slowly becomes sick. Chills run up and down my body. I know something isn’t right.
The door finally opens and footsteps slowly creep up the stairs, they seem hesitant. My heart is pounding. One of my cousins turns to me and I see tears in her eyes. My other cousin, tears. My aunt, tears. Something is wrong. I’m still sitting there, speechless and unable to move. My uncle sits down in front of me. He doesn’t know what to say. He looks up at me, “Stevie, I don’t know how else to say this…” I already know what’s coming next…”your dad has passed away”. My worst thought has been realized. This is a moment I will never forget.
Working a full-time job, commuting 3 hours a day, being stuck in that repetitive mode while the greatest of tragedies had just struck me down, life seemed impossible.
One day this all changed.
My mind had of course been distracted. I wasn’t aware of all that was going on. Upon sorting out the behind the scene details, it finally came to my attention that both my brother and I would receive an inheritance. It turns out that most of my dad’s assets were not in a bank account, but they were in a house in South Carolina.
At first I thought, “Oh great, just another headache to take care of…” but little did I know this house would change the rest of my life.