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Bill Bonds Called Me

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I got to work on Friday afternoon in sort of a somber mood. I just found out last night that a girl I knew in high school lost her very courageous, very lengthy battle with cancer. She was 31 years old. I didn't know her well but I wish I did.

A little over a year ago I got divorced and it certainly affected me. Smiling seemed like hard work. Being a model employee seemed like a distant memory. Basically, the joy inside me just kind of eroded away to a point where I was just going through the motions. I would say that the last year of my life has been completely lifeless.

Thankfully, over the past few months, I've been working towards being "The Old Ryan" again. I laugh. I smile at the most random silly things. I think my co-workers would tell you that I'm better at my job. And I'm more fun to be around again.

When I think of all the time I lost being a prisoner in my own mind. I want to just beat the crap out of myself. I think of this 31-year old woman who I once knew that just battled for her life and would give anything to have more time. More time to laugh, more time to smile, more time with her husband and maybe start a family.

The thing is, we do have more time. We have today to tell someone we love them. We have today to make sure we smile. We have today to make sure we are the best we can be.
People worry about the stupidest things! And I can make a list for you if you want but you can make your own list. What do you worry about? The weather, what gift you're gonna buy for someone's birthday, you went through a drive-thru and they forgot to give you a straw? OH NO! HOW COULD THOSE USELESS PEOPLE FORGET THE STRAW! Simmer down there tiger! Does it really matter?

I think we forget (because I have forgotten) how lucky we all really are. I look at myself and I say, what the hell do I have to complain about? I worked my ass off to get into the place I've always wanted to go to college (University of Michigan), I'm living out a real childhood dream to be in sports television (and I actually get paid for it). But even those two things are very small on the ladder of life. If someone asked you why do you think you are lucky, what would your answer be? Would it be job related? Some achievement or award you've won? Would it be, I'm not lucky?

After thinking of the battle that my 31-year old friend had, if someone asked me what I'm thankful for or why I think I'm lucky, my answer now, is that I'm healthy and my family loves me. Because in the end, that's all the really, truly matters, isn't it?

Sorry about rambling and preaching, I've just done a lot of thinking lately.

Now, onto my Bill Bonds story and really why I'm writing this blog.

When I was growing up there weren't 24-hour news channels. We didn't have cable and you would turn to one man for the news. That man was Bill Bonds. Period! Still to this day, Bill Bonds is an icon. I don't think I have to go much further than that. You all know who Bill Bonds is. Well, Bill Bonds called me. As I walked into work on Friday afternoon in that sour, somber mood, I sat down and checked my voicemail on my office phone.

Bill Bonds left me a message and told me that he thought I was really good, in fact, he said, "I haven't seen anybody better in quite some time." He didn't want anything, he didn't even leave his number so I can call him back and thank him. He just wanted to tell me what he thought and be on his way. Can I just tell you that no Emmy nomination, no AP award, nothing meant more to me than that phone call from that guy. And ya know how simple it was. A phone call to tell someone what you think of them. It goes a long way. This whole thing goes to the crux of exactly what I'm trying to say.

I had a crack in my windshield that I got fixed today. The guy came to Fox 2 and replaced my windshield. He did a great job, it was simple and made life easy on me. I called the place and told them what a great job this particular individual did. Not because I was trying to be nice. But because the guy did a great job and I thought I would tell his employers about it. I'm sure they get enough bad calls from customers, just like me, or every other business in the world.

The fact that Bill Bonds took the time to call me and give me a compliment was impactful. He probably doesn't know of the profound impact that it's had on me but it has.

If all I'm remembered for is being some guy that does the sports on the news, then I've done a really crappy job with my life. Go try to make a positive impact on someone's life and see if that doesn't get your rocks off for ya. Enjoy today, smile, be kind, call someone and give them a compliment. They go a long way.

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