No, he doesn't wear glasses, I think he was just trying to be like his big bad father-in-law - or making fun of him - either one. But for all intended purposes, this is one of the only pictures I have of him by himself.
I feel a bit inept to write a post about my appreciation for this guys life having only been around for 5 years of it, but I have to say I do think I've gotten the best 5 years. He spent the first 6 months trying to convince me we NEEDED to be friends, hang out, bond a little.....and he was so persistent that by the time summer rolled around he'd gotten me to believe he was someone I absolutely had to have in my life. And I'd like to say the rest is history, but every moment since then he's never failed to impress, surprise, and inspire me.
I've watched as he's worked hard to go after everything he's ever wanted. I've watched him try a thousand times and a thousand different ways and never give up. I've watched as he's made hard decisions and given up things he's wanted for the promise of something better. I've watched as he's had immense successes as well as great failures. I've watched him seek to learn in every way possible from whomever he can. I've watched him as his dreams were realized and I've watched as they were taken away. I've watched as he's chosen to take any and every situation to grow into a better and wiser man.
He embraces life for all that it's worth - the good and the bad, the fun and the disappointing. He dreams big - big enough that I usually end up laughing. But deep down I know, I know that one one of these days he's going to do it. He's going to go after something incredible and and see it flourish. All his persistence, all his craziness, all his hard work, all his drive - it's going to pay off one day. And I don't care what that "making it" even is. I'm more than thrilled that I get to live life by his side and watch it happen. I love that I'm the one he chose to be his wing man. I get to watch him become more and more the person he was meant to be. And I have the privilege of witnessing his life as it unfolds one story at a time.
Twenty-six years. Twenty-six years with the hope of many more to come. Here's to you, Brian Meagher - you've done well, you've given it your all, and you should be incredibly proud of the person that you are today. I couldn't ask for anyone better.
Happy Birthday and much love.