To say that Eric was full of adventure is an understatement. Not only would he travel the planet and jump off of anything big he saw, but he was genuinely interested in meeting the people of the world and experiencing their cultures. He shared that interest with everyone.
My favorite conversations with Eric were the spontaneous ones that happened by circumstance. What impressed me, was his interest in our conversations, he never seemed like someone to look at his text messages or emails when I was talking with him. I remember when Eric told me about this plan of his to travel to every country and experience each country. He wanted to show people that it was possible to see the world and what this planet has to offer. He wanted to show everyone the beautiful people and cultures we share this rock with. I was blown away. It was the most incredible idea, then HE DID IT. That’s what made Eric so incredible, he did the things that he talked about.
I wish I had the chance to have traveled with him on his adventures. I joked with him that I’d hold the camera or carry the supplies, I just wanted to tag along. That opportunity never came, but his impression on me the last couple years of my life is unmistakable. Whenever I’ve spent too long of my weekend relaxing and watching movies, I have this nagging thought - “Eric is out there exploring the world, doing something awesome, and I’m doing this?!” Every single time it has pushed me off the couch and into one of Utah’s canyons. Sometimes it’s a hike, sometimes it’s just a drive through a canyon, but every time there’s been something beautiful I’ve seen. That’s Eric’s lasting impression on me and his continual legacy. I’ll always continue to gowitheric and live like him.
Sitting in the waiting room yesterday was a unique experience. He had friends from so many circles sharing the most incredible, bone-chilling stories about his travels in Iceland, Africa, China, Central America, etc. He lived 1000 life times and touched thousands more, I’m proud to say I am one of them. It never ceased to amaze me how many people knew him. I was talking to one of my best friends about his accident and he replied, “Wait, Eric Hill? I know him. We blew sh*t up in the desert one time.” That says everything about Eric.
He lived life on his terms with the fearlessness and energy of a 5 year old in a grown man’s body. Thank you for your example. Love you, fam.#LIVElikeEric
If you didn’t have the opportunity to meet Eric, take a few minutes and check out his life’s work: http://gowitheric.com/