Roland Frasier flew a little too close to the sun and fell from the sky in a fiery crash. The once-successful tax attorney believed he was crafty enough to outwit the government by staging his own version of a professional protest against asset reporting rules. The government was not amused.
Ultimately Roland accepted a plea deal that sent him to prison for five months.
It was rock bottom, and the fall was slow enough that he had plenty of time to see his crash landing site grow larger.
His wife left him. Her family turned its back on him too. People he’d thought of as friends cut him off. His business crashed and burned alongside him as he approached the day he’d have to report to prison.
Things were so dark and so devoid of hope that Roland began believing suicide would be his only way out. He began googling ways to kill himself. As his internal battle between giving up and getting back up played out in his mind, he took advantage of his temporary freedom and still - valid passport and traveled to Denmark.
It was there, in what was one of his most hopeless moments alone in a hotel room, that he decided to get up and take a walk that changed everything for him.