I was heartbroken when I read the news of Charlie Daniels' passing in July. I only met him once, but he made me feel like family in the short time we spent together.
I was fortunate to be the only journalist to get an interview with him before he took the stage at the Du Quoin State Fair.
My photographer and I were escorted past a long line of fans waiting to get his autograph and into a little room. We set up and Mr. Daniels walked in and greeted us as if he had known us forever. We sat down and had the best talk.
Charlie was warm, kind, endearing, and funny! He showed us his iWatch and talked about his son and how he'd been trying to get his steps in and take better care of himself.
But perhaps the best thing Mr. Daniels shared with me during that interview was this:
He said that no matter how many times he had played "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" he never felt like he had gotten it perfect but with each performance, he got another chance to do it better.
What a beautiful way of thinking. It resonated with me. No matter how good you are at something, you can always improve. Each new day is a gift and a chance to do it better!
Rest in Peace, Mr. Daniels. Thank you for the perspective.