My letter to my longtime mentor and friend, Bob Kennedy
As much as I have my parents to thank for making Trish Stratus, I equally have Bob Kennedy to thank. As much as of a role model both of my parents have been in my life, Bob equally has played a role in shaping me into the woman that all of you know me as today.
15 years ago, I met the man who set me on the path that I continue to steadfastly follow. I was 21 years old when I was introduced to Robert Kennedy for the first time at the old Musclemag offices on Airport road in Toronto. Bob told me about a brand new industry called 'Fitness Modeling' and he gave me an opportunity that would forever change my life. He sent me off with a date circled on my calendar for my very first professional fitness modeling photo shoot. A few months later after eating, sleeping and breathing fitness I arrived for my first photo shoot and departed with 3 words that have never left my vocabulary. Preparedness Meets Opportunity has been my mantra, my life song – it is how I have approached every possibility I have been presented with in my life, and I know that is how I have tackled each of them. The opportunity that Bob gave me is something I will never forget, and the guidance, support and friendship is something I will always remember.
Thank you for bringing brightness to so many people's lives, even if it was just bringing a smile to people's faces with your silly ties – maybe that is in fact the very reason you wore those wacky ties Mr. Kennedy!
I wanted to write this to you Bob – I wanted you to know how deeply I cared for you and how much of an impact you have had on my life. I wanted to make sure you knew how much I appreciated that you were there to advise me and guide me at just about every pivotal turn in my career and in my life. I am grateful to have had you in my life as my mentor and as my friend.
To the man who taught me how to â€˜smile with my eyes' long before Tyra Banks coined the term, I'm forever thankful that I had a chance to â€˜smize' for your camera Bob.
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