I had to do this.

I have never met Casey in my life.

I joined an online community that focused on personal development. In that group I was introduced to Casey. I’m not sure how, but his energy radiated; even though all the interaction was online. I thought to myself, this dude seems pretty cool.

As I am pissing and moaning about my lack of motivation in life, I get told Casey’s story. Brain cancer survivor. Animal rescue hero. Dog lover. Outdoorsman. Land Owner. Husband and healer. I had to meet him in person.

He asked if I could do a small tattoo on him to see how he would heal. The treatment post surgery was questionable because the impact on his immune system. Would I drive to Texas to tattoo him? No doubt in my mind. I drove to Texas to meet a man in the middle of no where ranch and offered the one gift god gave me. Tattooing.

Casey’s little test tattoo.

Casey made food, shared his land and showed me the animals on the ranch. We walked the property and talked nonstop. Sometimes, when you are ready, the world rewards you with a friend that offers a relationship needing no effort from either party.

Good conversation is the byproduct of admiration for one another.

I stayed in the van on his property and in the morning he showed me sun gazing. He told me about the powers he had unlocked within himself and shared the importance of clean living. He shared a bit of his journey to spiritual healing and the drastic changes he made incrementally to become the man he is today.

Making new friends is rare. When it happens it is a true gift.


  1. Marlin on February 20, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Rad experience. Love seeing pure, genuine connections.

    • Matt Hodel on February 20, 2023 at 11:37 am

      Hell yes. Life is short.

  2. Amber on February 20, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    I love this!! Thank you for sharing! 🤙🏻 Casey is a solid dude. I’m so glad you two got to spend time together.

    • Matt Hodel on February 20, 2023 at 2:02 pm

      I know we were going to meet each other. It was inevitable.

  3. Casey on February 20, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    Truly feel blessed to know you brother. Thanks for coming by and looking forward to spending more time together out here! Tattoo came out perfect too!

    • Matt Hodel on February 20, 2023 at 2:03 pm

      My pleasure. Thank you for everything.

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