At the time of this writing, it's 3:40 AM on Wednesday, July 12th 2017 and I just got off the phone with my mom. My step-father passed away a few minutes ago and I can't sleep.
Gerald Andrew Savel died this morning of pulmonary fibrosis at the hospital which he spent the last 38 years of his life working as a pharmacist, making IVs for newborns and administering medication for life's newest students and oldest mentors alike.
In 4 hours, this post will be auto-published, and in 5 hours, I'll begin making my way around the office of my former employer saying goodbye to everybody before meeting my family at the funeral home. I quit my job after spending too much time on HackerNews, reddit, and various other trendy websites learning how to hack my habits, develop new soft skills, co-found a tech startup, and become financially independent.
Tomorrow I will wake up to the lifestyle of my dreams, but without one of my biggest supporters and mentor. And in January, I'll be leaving my family, friends, and the US to travel with Remote Year and work on my startup in 12 different cities across the globe.
To say I'm going through an intense period of change and personal growth would be a pretty big fucking understatement.
As I take a few breaths to recenter myself, I can't help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude for the people in my life, many of which I will never see again or even know of. I am nothing without you.
To my Real Life Friends and Family: No words on the internet can convey the love I have for you. I'll spend the rest of my life doing my best to always be here for you as you've been for me. Before I leave in January I'll set time aside specifically to visit and catch up. You guys are my world.
To Readers of HackerNews: You guys were monumental in this. Before I became a regular reader and participant, I felt stifled and alone in my quest for pushing boundaries and tinkering with shit until the universe bends to your will. I've never felt stronger collective potential and hope to meet as many of you in the coming years as possible. Stay curious.
To my Favorite reddit Communities: The generosity put forth by members of r/personalfinance, r/Entrepreneur, r/travel, and many more have inspired me to make this site and write shit worth reading. Your guidance and stories have motivated and inspired me to do things I've always doubted I could do. Keep helping one another and sharing, I'll be doing the same and look forward to growing with you.
And a special thanks to Stephanie Lee for paving the way and being my muse. You rock girl.