Patrick Fellows is a 5 time Ironman, TEDx giving, 32 miles swimming, endurance coaching, healthy cooking, entrepreneur and musician.  Born in Dearborn, MI, raised in Mississippi and a Louisianian for 30 years, 

Lighten up


I have a thing about people. I believe that people are who they were the last time I saw them. I assume we will pick up exactly where we left off, even if I haven’t seen you in 25 years. It’s an incredibly naive way to look at the world in some ways, but in others, it’s based on an innocence that I wish there was more of in the world. I genuine believe and and trustful of the goodness in people. Regardless of whether they prove me otherwise. Yes I’ve been burned. But this is how things are going to go. 

To think that you and I are going to pick up like we just left a bonfire in 1987 is of course a silly notion and I’m not sure if it’s based in nostalgia or a want to remember things in a more positive light.  Of course we aren’t exactly the same as 17 year old us.  Or are we?  

More and more I am of the opinion that we do not change that much. We are just more wrinkly big kids and those people that “have it together,” are just better at faking it or they believe the lies they tell themselves. And really. What are you proving with that anyway?  Lighten up Francis. 

I truly believe in lightening things up. Always.  Everyone is wound so freaking tight that they (we) can go through days and not stop stressing about things. 

I believe in giving the world a hug or a high five and almost no one refuses that. It feels good both to give and to get. I once ran 7 miles around the LSU Lakes and  offered a high five to every person I passed. 74 high fives were given. Only one was denied. 

I believe we all need to care a little less about outward appearances and have a little more fun. 

I believe in making people uncomfortable with who I’ve become or really, who I’ve always been. 

So give someone a hug. Throw up a high five and have a great day. 



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