At this point there really isn’t much that can be said that you don’t already know. You’ve made it this far and I know you have what it takes to continue. I remember a few short months ago when things weren’t looking so good. I know there were times when it seemed like a hopeless cause. Between the divorce and current medical battle your facing I would have understood if it was too hard. I really would have. But that isn’t the point, the point is you found something greater to give you all the strength and power you ever needed. You found your true self hidden deep within the layers of pain and suffering you’ve endured since birth. You my friend have freed yourself of the limiting beliefs held by a former self and in turn have grown into the medicine man our tribe has always needed.
You are stronger now more than ever. Both physically and psychologically. Brother, I see you walking around with the pride of a bear and weightlessness of an Eagle. It is something to be admired really. I love it because I have been able to be here with you to see the transformation happen. I’m not going to lie, I draw great strength and courage from you. Watching you grow and develop in all areas of life over the last year has been a blessing. In your pursuit for something more out of life I think you found much more than could have ever been imagined, and I can’t wait for when your healed from surgery and able to share your new found knowledge, love, and joy for living with the world.
Grandpa would be proud of the man you are and the strength you possess today. Not going to lie I’m pretty darn proud myself. I remember a few years ago when we talked and it was during the time we didn’t really communicate a whole lot. You told me something about how it bothered you that you were the oldest brother, yet you didn’t really do anything that merited me looking up to you. I feel like for the longest time you held on to some guilt for not always being there when I was growing up. I say that because we were best friends as kids and then life found a way of tearing us apart for a few years. But if there is one thing we both know it’s that everything happens for a reason. I’ve told you this before and I’ll tell you it again. I always had hope that our brotherhood would be restored and we would have a relationship again. The ironic thing is I never could have imagined how amazing our relationship would be today.
You are my role model today just as you were when we were little and had the world in front of us. I have always held you in great regard, and am honored to call you my brother. Over the past year, and really since back when we began writing I have grown the greatest of respect and admiration for you. I believe with all my heart that growing in my relationship with you has had a direct correlation to my own personal growth as well. Life has been transcending and I know you know exactly what I mean. I love that our relationship is so open and well received. I believe this is what brotherhood, living, and friendship is all about. It’s great having an older brother you can open up to and have a no secret, nothing but honesty type of relationship with. I think that’s what society is missing today: the genuine connections and strong relationships with one another. You have taught me how to love and how to fight. You’ve taught me patience and most importantly helped me grow into my own self. I love where we are headed in life and I look forward to the post-surgery recovery. We both know it is going to be tough, but the rewards are going to be all the sweeter.
Brother, when you heal up and we hit the road it is going to be the experience of a lifetime. It brings my heart great joy knowing that we are going to be able to work together to build the dream life our childhood selves would have been proud of. Modern Day Maverick’s was once a pipe dream and is now beginning to take off. We are doing this man.
Thank you for taking the time to spend with me over the past few months. Building my van, camping, learning to live off the land, and having talks that last for hours has been nothing short of excellent. We have created memories to last a life time and I look forward to creating more in the future. Stay positive, stay connected, and never forget the power you possess from within. Everything comes from thought and it is us who create the reality we see. When times get tough and you are on the opposite side of a fortunate thought, try to remember your favorite Bruce Lee quote: “Using no way as a way, having no limitation as a limitation.” Always remember that every struggle breeds a genuine greatness from within. There will certainly be times when this isn’t easy to remember, but I believe in you Mukwa. If there is one person in this entire world that can venture down the path your on and come out stronger than before I know it is you.
You are strength. You are courage. You are fearlessness. You are Cherokee. You are Apache. You are the Chief of our tribe. You are the medicine man. You are a great man. You are Mukwa. And best of all you are you, and only you can overcome the path chosen for you. I love you dear brother. This is our one life and we hold nothing back. Thank you for giving us your all. I love you and am with you. Just like all the times before keep on walking! It's time to do this thing! We’ve made it to the championship round and you are ready! Be brave and trust in mind, body, and spirit. You can do this!
Good luck brother!