On a personal note

A message from David Carter to Bryce Walsh.

NOTE: If you haven’t read the earlier post yet, do it now.

Dear Bryce:

You did it. You freaking did it, man.

The array of feelings I’m experiencing today is indescribable, let alone the feelings themselves. No words.

I have to admit, it never occurred to me that you were capable of something so huge. Not that I thought you weren’t either — it just never occurred to me, never crossed my mind. I knew you were capable of great things, yes. But this — this is on an entirely different scale.

When this dawned on me — when the gravity of your accomplishment took hold — I was stunned. Stunned. You mean to tell me that I’ve called this man a close friend for 20 years, and he was capable of this feat? I had no idea, none. You’ve absolutely floored me.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve wondered aloud if you will be different when I next meet you, because I felt that an accomplishment of this scale just fundamentally changes a person.

Well, now I am quite sure that the next time we meet, I will meet a different person. But it will be as much because my perception of you has changed — because I’ve changed — as any change that has taken hold within you.

You may not realize exactly what you’ve accomplished here. It will probably take days to really register.

You’ve done far more than achieve victory over a monumental personal challenge, or carve your name in its rightful place on a very short list of the planet’s elite athletes.

You’ve changed people’s perceptions. And, for some of us, for those close to you, dramatically so.

We all have people who we have not met — famous people — who by the very nature of their extraordinary accomplishments, inspire us deeply. For some, these may be sports legends: the Hank Aarons and the Muhammad Alis. For others, world leaders. Still others, artists.

But, when someone close to you accomplishes a feat of this magnitude, it’s altogether entirely different. Inspiration is too small a word, and we are left wanting for another word, which the English language cannot produce.

Bryce, everyone who knows you — me, your family, and every single person who has visited this site (and re-visited, and re-visited, and commented, and checked the site before doing anything else in the morning or before they go to sleep — you know who you are) — every one of us has been elevated along with you in your accomplishment.

I can safely say now, that for me personally, that when times get rough, and I want to give up, and everything and everyone seems dead-set against me — when this happens, I will say to myself, “Look at what my friend Bryce did.”

Look at what my friend Bryce did.

I’m so, so proud of you man.

Great ride.

David Carter

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