I’ll take a break from discussing my new car to talk about life.
I remember being a very quiet and shy individual. I think the only thing that has stayed with me is the fact that in most circumstances, I somehow manage to keep things reasonably optimistic and thus happy about life. There are a lot of reasons within myself that I could point to as an aid for this transition, but one of the things that I have (and am proud to have) are my friends. It’s always fantastic to have friends who not only hear you out on your situations (relationships, academics, finances, legal (HA-HA)), but to give you some reasonable (and perhaps beneficially biased) suggestions on how to proceed.
This is why I feel for those who are in situations I would consider much worse off than mine, but lack that outer support ring that psychologists often refer to outside direct and indirect family circles. For that reason I do aim to befriend as many people as possible, for it is through these simple, yet meaningful relationships, one seeks support.
To this day I have experienced the deaths of two people who were essentially my peers. I label them as such as to not confuse other deaths that have occurred naturally from old age, or the passing of the elderly, because while one does not usually question the plan of the Big Guy, it always feels like these younger individuals had a full life ahead of them. One of them died from a brain tumour, and the other died from suicide. I have fond memories of my tall friend from middle school who passed away from the brain tumour, and my fellow student who committed suicide while I was in high school I actually never had a conversation with. In fact, it essentially bore no relevance to me at that age.
It would be much too hypocritical for me to suggest anyone should try to like everyone for very obvious reasons. But instead, I will suggest you to bear in mind the friendships you do currently possess, how much they are worth to you, and remember how easy it is for one to lose one’s friendship with their friend.
Now, back to the car.