I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but…I write about some pretty ridiculous stuff. And even though I must admit that spending way more than my fair share of time at $10,000 per night private islands, or on superyachts in Antarctica, or fist bumping the Prince of Monaco while wearing a vintage Armani tuxedo, or hanging out in saunas and ice baths with Gabby Reece and Laird Hamilton is ridiculously awesome.
The truth is…none of that stuff really matters compared to the power love, and kindness, and compassion, and being there for other people. Now, I know, this is hardly an original idea. In fact original ideas are pretty kinda hard to come by. But that just makes my point in fact!
And the recent death of my friend Peter McGowan (he was diagnosed with a rare brain disease 21 days ago and died yesterday at the age of 56) reminds me, to kindly remind us all, that in the end, the only thing that has any power at all is…Love.
All through the ages, wise people, (the people people like me end up telling our kids about when I’m not riding an exotic bicycle through France!) learn (through a combination of pain, openness, injustice, humor, intelligence, courage and a good dose of spiritual magic), how to…Love. It’s quite simple actually.
And since I’ve been having lots of weird (yet comforting) crying jags since Friday, I’m compelled to write about what my enigmatic, charming, funny (and often infuriating!!!) friend Peter McGowan gave me. He was a collaborator. And an artist. And a creator. And an innovator. And a true partner in crime (some of the things we did were against the law!), and a pain-in-the-ass.
But his gift to me may be one of the most important gifts of all…inspiration.
Shooting the breeze with him about his recent exploits on foiling kite boards, and DN ice boats, and A-cats, and surf boards, and stand-up-paddle boards, and outrigger canoes, and skis not only inspired me to keep trying new stuff (as long as there was a certain amount of LUXURY involved!). And while I never really got a chance to tell him, his inspiration will continue to push me to do cool stuff and more importantly, to continue to share the love with all the people I’m so lucky to have in my life.
Thank you Peter McGowan. You’ve inspired us all!