From first hearing this moving story, I knew I wanted to write a real-life moment blog about it. These two friends, Patrick Gray and Justin Skeesuck met from infanthood and have known each other since. Growing up together has caused them to maintain a very close relationship. In his early twenties, things changed for Justin Skeesuck when he learned he had Multifocal Acquired Motor Axonopathy, a neuromuscular disease similar to ALS disease that would leave him in a wheelchair. This change did not cause these two to go in separate ways, but to only stay close. They both now are married with children. But let’s discuss what I believe brings this story to another level of inspiration when Justin chose to trek with his wheelchair 500 miles across Spain.
It was when Justin made this decision that his best friend, Patrick responded with, “I’ll push you!” Yes, he told his life-long friend that he would not only be there for him but he would be the one to help him accomplish this. This precious story goes on to describe how the two accomplished this goal together with help from strangers along the way. It is so apparent that not only was Patrick pushing his close friend physically but now Justin was inspiring his friend both emotionally and mentally to be pushed.
Seeing two individuals choosing to stay connected in life even as they experienced change along the way is encouraging to each of us. Having an ability to push one another and experience this trek across Spain bought the two even closer than before. They not only understand what it means to stay in relationship with each other as friends but have inspired one another to such higher levels. One can only imagine what this lifelong relationship has gone through in trust, commitment, patience and pure honesty. I am convinced that you have been encouraged, inspired and even challenged in your relationships. Let’s see how we can “push” one another too.
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