For better or for worse, most of you know about my unyielding love for terrible pop music. However, it may come as a surprise to you that I also love classic rock. A lot. I adore the Rolling Stones, am convinced that AC/DC’s “Shook Me All Night Long” is the greatest song ever written (other than Britney’s “Email My Heart”), and I may or may not pray for a Guns N’ Roses reunion tour. What I love most about those old rock anthems is that you know from the very first strum of the guitar that it’s time to party.
That’s exactly how I felt when I first met Alex G.
(FYI – That’s just a really good Photoshop and not a real photograph.)
Like the opening guitar salvo in “Paradise City,” I instantly knew this dude rocked the second I met him. His beard was fly, his smile was infectious, and you could immediately tell he was a cool cat. His confidence was strong, but not in a “Real Housewives” or Kardashian kind of way. (No offense, Kim. Call me.)
The thing I appreciate the most about Alex is that he’s authentic. Whether it is non-hoopsters like me who wear Jordans, the carefully-crafted lives we post about on social media, or the scary chemicals we drink each day, our world is full of fakeness. Not Alex. This guy oozes authenticity and realness. It’s amazingly refreshing.
I met Alex at Capital City Church a year ago. I think he started volunteering as a greeter the next Sunday. Ever since, he’s been leading a group of college rockstars to bigger and better things and helping out wherever there is a need. He also shares a home state with Tom Brady, so that automatically makes him a cool dude. Last, but certainly not least, Alex has recently started rocking skinny jeans.
Alex is going to do huge things in this world. I hope he runs for Congress one day. We need leaders like him. Desperately. I’m not the only one who feels that way. Here’s what a few others had to say about Alex:
Adam – “Alex is a great guy and a strong leader. He’s classy, well-mannered, and respectful. He’s organized and intentional, always investing himself in things that matter. He’s always positive. When he gets overwhelmed, he doesn’t shut down – he laughs and keeps going. He cares about people and is a good friend.”
Xabi – “I think Alex is a rockstar because of his love for God. His attitude is contagious (his new look is too). I appreciate just spending time with my brosky because I learn a lot when we have those deep talks.”
Liz H.- “I love Alex because he is so passionately focused on serving God and blessing the people around him. Also, his sense of humor and willingness to be goofy whenever you need encouragement brightens even the rainiest of days . . . (continues on weird rant about soup).”
Tyler – “Alex is truly a servant. He genuinely cares about people and is a true leader in the way he serves those around him. Whether that’s cleaning the kitchen as a roommate or leading the college ministry for church, he always devotes time and effort to those around him.”
In short, Alex, everyone around you respects, admires, and adores you. It’s time for the rest of the world (i.e. – my mom, wife, and the two other people who read this blog) to meet you.
Our world is full of depressing news. I want to start using this blog to highlight the everyday heroes among us, like Alex, who are doing great things and making a difference. For better or for worse, these posts will pretty much be a surprise to the heroes I’m writing about. (That’s your warning to take down any embarrassing Facebook photos.)
If you’re not following Alex on Instagram, you should. @bruingarcia.