Every day is a spiraling journey. The days are filled with shifting and evolving pain. The emptiness, the raw unpredictable emotions, the rage, the anger, and the paralyzing need to hide from everything and everyone that once was familiar. It hurts. Words cannot describe grief and the gravity of incomprehensible traumatic loss.
Yet, it is an honor and privilege to blaze forward in Sheridan's honor. There is nothing I will let stand in my way. So long as I have time left on my side, and breath left in this earthly body, I will fight for justice. I will do everything in my strength to honor Sheridan's legacy, one baby step at a time.
In mere weeks we will make another visit to his second home and resting place. I can not wait to feel his spirit there, once again, and celebrate that which brought him so much joy.
Just days ago, Sheridan's bench plaque was approved for his Minnesota State Fair bench. I anxiously await the day people can find rest, and read his story.
2024 is just the beginning. There is so much more to come.
Two years ago today, I had the honor of accompanying Sheridan to trade in his VW GTI and purchase his Audi A7. I am so grateful to have been chosen to share that special moment with him. Although he didn't even keep the Audi for a full year, I am so thankful he had that experience. He had that car modified, tuned, a new dual exhaust, and rims on in the blink of an eye. While he wasn't stuck in the hospital, that car brought him so much joy.
Looking back, it seems impossible that that was 2 years ago. Even more so, it seems unimaginable that in less than two weeks, it will be eight months since he completed his earthly mission.
2024 will continue to be a year dedicated to honoring Sheridan, his dreams, and his legacy. Although I cannot make any promises about how much will be accomplished this year, I can assure you his story will continue to be told. Big plans are in the works, and one day there will be change made in Sheridan's name.
Entering the holiday season with an empty seat is very uncomfortable, to say the least. It is that emptiness that drives the purpose to continue to seek Sheridan and honor him in all ways.
A few of us made a short trip to Bradenton, Florida, to visit with Sheridan and partake in the final race he had hoped to attend this year. It was a whirlwind trip and full of joy. Being there felt just like being with Sheridan in the flesh. We were laughing and watching something he enjoyed. The people/activity that sustained him, distracted him through hard days and motivated him to dream big. It just feels right to be there.
Upon our return, we were blessed with a memorial service with the members of Sheridan's unit at the 34th ECAB. They revealed a bench they had commissioned in Sheridan's honor and said it would remain with the unit. It is such an emotional tribute. Sheridan being honored in this way, and continuing to have a presence with his unit means so much. Forever grateful to those who put forth the thought, time, and money.
Although the immediate future remains unknown, we will continue to honor Sheridan and seek ways to continue his legacy.
A part of Sheridan's cremains made the long journey to Bradenton, Florida. Per his wishes, a part of him will always live on at the Freedom Factory. This is a place that brought him joy, friendships, and purpose. The owner's YouTube videos motivated him to keep on his journey, even through his darkest days.
The day before Sheridan's golden birthday his ashes were spread at the best location to take in all the action. Videos can be found on the bottom of the Photos & Videos portion of his website. A huge thank you to Josh, Alan, Garrett, and the Freedom Factory motorsports community!
Additionally, a bench was purchased to be placed at the Minnesota State Fair in the summer of 2024. The green bench will be found somewhere in the north fairgrounds, near or around Machinery Hill.
Going forward, a continuation over the coming months and years, we aim to honor as many of Sheridan's final wishes and goals as he had hoped to achieve. He will live on and his story will continue to be shared!