Once when I was a kid. I had a friend names Sean Saunders. He may not have been a good friend, but he was the only one I had. He was the class clown, and I was his quiet friend. We did everything together. Ate lunch at each other’s houses, played videogames together after school and spent every moment at school together. Then one day in grade 6 he told me he was moving away. I was scared. What would I do without my only friend? Well I had no choice in the matter and he left. I was forced to make some new friends.
I started to hang out with these two guys Alex and Gordon, turns out they lived right down the street from me. We started to have lunch together and chill at school. I was still the quiet guy for the most part but now I had some good friends. But these were the kind of guys who played it safe. They rarely took risks or did anything daring. But they helped to get through the pain I was in from my friends absence.
Then by coincidence I was placed in grade 8 beside this kid I’d rarely talked to before, Chris Bright. Our relationship developed pretty quick and soon enough I became this guys confidante for his worst thoughts and misdeeds. I’m pretty sure he chose to open up to me because I was quiet and non threatening and I genuinely didn’t seem to give a shit about how bad the stuff he had to say was. “I tried smoking weed the other day” “cool, how was it?” “I touched my best friends girlfriends tits the other day.” “Cool how’d they feel?” This guy always had something going on. I played a lot of videogames and I was a scared nervous kid, so most of it didn’t have much of an emotional impact on me. But I did learn a lot from this guy. I smoked my first joint with this kid, he introduced me to my first porn site and because of him I finally started talking to some of the girls in my grade.
Once we’d both moved on to the same high school we stayed fast friends and hung out every week. We both had our own groups of friends, I’d play road hockey and game with some other guys. He’d smoke weed, go to parties and play music with another group of kids. But we stayed friends. And eventually as I started getting more confident and more daring. We started to go on some adventures together. We tried salvia, spray painting, we went to Montreal, music festivals, parties, clubs. All that good stuff. I finally started to live because of this guy. And I liked it. As mentioned in a previous article after all that adventure I finally started to think about what I was going to do with my life. That’s when I began to think about university, and careers and relationships. I had my first serious relationship after that. I got my first real job because of this guy. So Chris although you may not realize it, the person I am today, the man I’ve become wouldn’t have been possible without you. It’s because of you that I finally decided to live. So thank you my friend, for being you.