Today marks a year since David Carr died at the age of 58 after collapsing in the New York Times newsroom doing the job he loved.

For me, David Carr was living proof of what was possible as a human being in this life: the lows, the highs, and ultimately, the redemption that comes from giving yourself up for something higher. People will speak of the miracle of his life someday and folks will say, nah, you’re exaggerating; it couldn’t have happened that way. But it can and it did. That knowledge alone has guided me out of more moments of self-doubt than I’d like to admit.

“We all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end soon.” — D.C.

Thank you, David Carr.

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