The Best Person I Ever Met
Have you ever met someone that completely shaped your outlook on life? I feel that way about Jacob Alexander, a man I was lucky to know during my early adulthood. Jake, dubbed the king of Golden Gate Park, walked the length of the park from his Haight-Asbury home every day for years. On his walk, he befriended every person he encountered, no matter their age, race, gender, or other qualifying descriptor; he was legit friends with everyone. He embodied kindness, humor, and openness and I genuinely feel blessed to have known him. He is my model of how to be a good person, being authentic, unapologetically himself, and kind to everyone around him. Jake passed away several years ago, but his memory lives on strong. I carry him around like a talisman. He is my iPhone wallpaper and I have a small thumbnail image of him on my computer at work as a gentle reminder to stay true to myself when life gets a bit aggravating.
I could continue to sing Jake’s praises in writing, but I think it’s more worthwhile to share Katie Payne’s (of That Girl Katie Design) video, documenting Jake’s daily walks and his philosophies on life. I hope this video offers a bit of positivity and inspiration for you- https://vimeo.com/35594225