#157. April 28th, 2013: Grady O’Leary

Where do I even begin with a superhero like Grady? Say his name to anyone who has even heard of him and they’ll freak out, say he’s incredible, and then say they miss him. Well, I agree. Grady is something else. He’s a greek god. A role model. A leader. Someone you go to for advice. Someone you know will be there for the rest of you life, no matter what. Grady is a humble and modest man who would never do anything bad, ever. In fact, he’s saved a man’s life before. Literally. Grady is also one of those people who you can have incredible conversations with. He can be goofy, he can be serious and intellectual, and he knows how to have fun. From running on the beach at 1 AM in the bright moonlight to standing quarters on their sides for hours at Starbucks, Grady is honestly one of the best people in the world. You can sit in silence with him and feel comfortable. You can even drive to Mexico and back and have it be a regular adventure πŸ™‚ Like I said, Grady is something else. Grady is one of my biggest mentors and role models in life. He inspired me to come out in high school and he inspires me every single day to be a better person. To focus on having integrity and being genuine. To be honest and responsible. Grady demonstrates every great quality in the book. He is honest and fair, he’s rational and a dreamer. He’s a doer and a visionary. He’s a listener and someone that actually cares about what you have to say. He has a presence in everyone’s life even when he’s not around. You know that Grady is there for you, and you appreciate it so much. Grady is also one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. He knows 5 million languages and can tackle any academic task you give him. He is driven and dedicated and will not stop until he’s finished with something. The most unbelievable part? He will never talk about himself. He is modest beyond belief and he will compliment you with any chance he gets. He is a remarkable human being. Grady, thank you so much for being a part of all of our lives. Thank you so much for being the exquisite individual that you are. Thank you so much for brightening my life and for being someone who I know I can learn from and who I know is going to do so many special things in life. Thank you so much for putting up with my ridiculousness all the time and thank you for dealing with my quick white lie before the phone call tonight πŸ™‚ Thank you for making my visits to NYC absolutely awesome with your dinner ideas and just dealing with my touristy-ness. Thank you so much for being so rich with stories and perspectives and for having such a colorful view on life. Thank you for being you, Grady. πŸ™‚

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