A Letter to April: You Never Know Who You Will Inspire

While I was working as an intern at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort, I met a woman named April who was hosting an event during the Best in the West Rib Cookoff. April exemplified everything that was happy and successful. She was “goals.” I held on to that image of her long after she boarded her flight back to Tennessee, and every misstep in my career path, I would think about April and remember that with hard work, I would land myself the successful career that I wanted. I was recently promoted, and decided I needed to tell April of what she had done for me.

This will probably be so bizarre to you, so bear with me. You really inspired me to reach for my career goals, and I just wanted to say thank you.
You probably don’t remember me, but I was an intern at John Ascuaga’s Nugget when you came for a Maker’s Mark event in the summer of 2013. I didn’t spend a lot of time with you, but from what I did, I really looked up to you. You were outgoing, smart, and you really knew what you were talking about. I knew you’d do great things in life.
You bought me a bottle of Maker’s Mark the night before you left, and I asked if you would sign it for me. Your message was “Here’s to hell. May your stay there be as fun as your way there. Cheers.” (Image attached)
For whatever reason, I cherished that bottle of Makers Mark for years, never opening it. I resolved to save it for a day that I really felt like I was in charge of my life, and happy with my career, because that’s how I envisioned you when I met you.
I just thought you might like knowing, the few days I knew you, you really had a large impact on my life. I take a sip of that Maker’s Mark tonight, as I have been promoted to a career in a field that I have always dreamed of working in, and and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
So here’s to you.
Give ’em hell, and the rest will come.

April’s response was a mixture of excitement and disbelief. She did remember me, though we spent such a short amount of time together, yet she was shocked that she made such an impression. My takeaway from this experience is: you never know who you are going to leave a lasting impression on. It’s important to inspire young professionals to reach their goals, you might just end up being an important part of their life.

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