Figurative Onanism

by Spencer Lund

Sep 25
“My advice to anyone in a similar situation is to waste no time at all. Do not spend money you do not have. Be kind to each person you meet and remember their name. Everybody dreams. For that reason, if you go about your own dreams with honesty and kindness, others will naturally feel good in helping you along the way. It’s that simple.”

Beau Weiher, explaining why you should follow your dreams. It might come off as trite, or sanctimonious, but Beau knew what he was talking about and he was about as real as they come.

I interviewed Beau in one of my last assignments as a freelancer. He had quit his job as a carpenter to BASE jump full time, and I was intrigued about someone taking such a huge metaphorical leap for a very literal one.  

His mom emailed me last night to let me know he had passed when a jump went wrong.

Just want to curl up and cry to be honest. The world needs more people like Beau. If you’re not doing what you love — no matter how impossible or impractical it might sound — think of Beau. He was taken way too soon, but he still got a chance to do what he loves.


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