16 Nov 2015

3 Lessons from My Grandma

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

Where My Grandmother Used to Read Books; Tavares, FL

1 year ago today, I lost my grandmother to kidney cancer. A few days after she passed, I was honored to deliver the eulogy at her memorial service.

The moments that surround her death still feel surreal to me. Four days before she passed, she was placed in hospice care. We had all been told that she had about a month to live. I was scheduled to fly home for a wedding the following week, but thought better of it and decided to fly in three days after hearing the news, instead.

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22 Sep 2015

31 Lessons at 31

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

On September 24, I turn 31 years old. Not a real milestone, but I find that birthdays are a logical time for self-reflection. I’m far from a finished product – and frankly, I can’t believe I’m responsible for adult decisions – but I’ve learned some valuable lessons.

Here are 31 of them.

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5 Aug 2015

The Validation of a Broken Heart

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

Going through a break-up is akin to getting murdered but living through it. When people describe heartache as a physical pain, they’re not exaggerating.

When I first sat down to write this blog, nearly 10 weeks ago, I was feeling it intensely.

I battled myself over and over about whether or not to share the story about the break up, because having yourself (metaphorically) ripped open and laid bare feels like it should accompany an exorcism of all accompanying feelings on paper.

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10 Jun 2015

What’s Meant to Be

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

In the spring of 1987, I was fortunate to experience the birth of two new cousins. I was 3 years old, so I don’t remember the details. One cousin was a boy, Michael, born to my father’s sister – so we were real cousins. After him, I wouldn’t have another male cousin born for more than seven years.

Naturally, we were expected to be close.

And for a couple of years, and based on the three or four pictures I have of us, we were.

But after Christmas in 1990, I never saw him again. I was barely 6 years old; he was almost 4.

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4 May 2015

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Aftermath

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

By David Berry: The dust is settling on the biggest event in boxing history, with the anticipation of a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao showdown clearly in our rearview. Five plus years of anticipation culminated in a 12 round world title unification bout on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And one thing is certain – the answer regarding which talent was the best of his era was emphatically answered on Saturday night. It was, and is, Floyd Mayweather.

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2 Apr 2015

12 Years Later: April 4, 2003

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

This week, I “celebrate” the 12 year anniversary of a car accident that nearly claimed my life. I’ve reposted this story on the anniversary of the accident, and made some improvements along the way, each of the past sevenyears. Each time, it’s a fresh reminder of my “miracle.”

No matter how I lead up to this or what you read in my story, it’s going to seem like I’m being dramatic, but I’m pretty sure the story does that itself.  To say that night changed the course of my life would be an understatement.  It gave me the courage to leave for South Florida a year later and, eventually, put into me a fervor and appreciation for life that I try to hold onto daily.

I’ve copied and pasted a story that I wrote for a class several years ago about that night. For one, maybe you’ll read it and learn something significant that you didn’t know about me, and two, I rarely get personal on my blog and this is one of those rare instances.

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3 Mar 2015

The Ripple Effect

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

By the time I was 16, I had learned that there was a meaning behind each of the looks that appeared on my mother’s face. She’d always been animated that way, and needless to say, she’d have a rough go at a poker game.

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25 Jan 2015

When We Say Goodbye

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

I’ve called my mother every night on my way home from work for the past 10 years. This day was no different. The anticipation I often felt, though, had been replaced with an ominous feeling the past several months. Each night, I was also hearing an update on the health of my ailing grandmother, who had been fighting a losing battle with kidney cancer since August.

I knew bad news was a possibility. I prepared myself for it. And as I drove south on I-95 on a warm November night in South Florida, I received it.

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3 Nov 2014

The Definition of Love

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

In early September, I had the privilege of ushering my friends Allison and Sam into marriage. I’ll never forget the moment they joined as one, and I smile thinking that I helped them do it.

That day, I shared a Bible verse with them about love. Typically, explaining love is a mostly fruitless venture, but at least when you use words from the good book, you’ve at least got 2,000 years of street cred at your back.

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22 Sep 2014

I’m Turning 30

Author: davidberry | Filed under: Just Blogs

In 2006, I’m pretty sure I was the coolest, most successful person in Dade County. And on earth.

After all, I had just become the first college graduate in my family, and I’d landed an entry-level job doing search marketing for a boss-level salary of $30K. I could practically smell retirement.

My ego was bigger than Kanye’s, too, because I’d pulled it all off by the age of 21. Aren’t you impressed?

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