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From first hearing this moving heartfelt 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 remain 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 goal. 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 too.
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 journey across Spain bought the two even closer than before. They demonstrate that 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 as you learn about their story too. Let’s see how we can “push” one another too.
Read more about this incredible story; Sources: Today Show and ‘I’ll push you’: Man pushes best friend in wheelchair 500 miles across Spain
You can appreciate reading more of their story in their book: “I’ll Push You: A Journey of 500 Miles, Two Best” Friends, and One Wheelchair Paperback”
I would love to hear how you have been inspired with this wonderful heart-felt story. There are some who will be in your life for purpose and destiny no matter what the changes are that take place along the way of life. I am convinced that we can strengthen each other and be there for someone else along this journey of life. Thank you for taking moments with me. Looking forward to hearing your story too.
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12 thoughts on “PUSHING EACH OTHER”
How uplifting. There is nothing quite like a best friend.
I have people in my life that support me and push me to be the best I can be. My partner has definitely been a person who has championed my successes as well as boosting my confidence with things I am not sure I can achieve. Thank you for sharing this post.
It is really a gift to have those who will stand by your side and sincerely support and encourage you. It’s so important that we do so for one another. Thank your so much for taking moments with me and sharing your thoughts.
Such a powerful and uplifting post! Thanks for this.
Thank you for sharing your comments. This true story really inspired me and I am so glad to hear that you were encouraged too.
Aww what a sweet story! Thank you for sharing, it’s motivating to read. I do think we all meet a person or multiple people that we are able to have a deep connection with. One where being friends means pushing each other all while being supportive. I have person like that and it’s worth fighting for to maintain as the years past.
Thank you for taking moments with me and sharing your thoughts. It is wonderful to hear that you have a friend worth fighting for. That is a gift.
Very inspiring story, thank you for sharing.
So glad you enjoyed reading. Thank you for taking a moment with me and sharing your thoughts.
This is such a wholesome and inspiring story! Having someone who we can connect with on this level is such a gift. Thank you for sharing!
Thank you for taking a moment with me and sharing your thoughts. Yes, I agree it is a true gift to have someone very connected and really present in your life. It is wonderful how they were this to each other no matter what the circumstances.
Such a moving story and a testament to true friendship! This is very encouraging, so glad I was able to read it. 🙂