Getting over the loss of a friend.
Almost four years ago my best friend committed suicide. It was one of the most painful experiences in my life and I still think of him often. Although I still miss him very much, it isn’t as bad as it used to be. On November 5th he would have turned 20. He was exactly two months younger than me, and his birthday is always a really tough day for me. I guess part of me feels guilty that I’ve turned a year older and he will never get to do that again; he will always be 16.
This year, instead of letting myself get all sad and depressed, I decided to go outside and enjoy the day. My dad had to go to a convention in another town so we spent the weekend at a hotel. When it finally stopped raining, I packed up my LC-A+ and went down to the beach.
For the first time in years, I actually enjoyed Pat’s birthday. I felt happy and calm. And I even made some new friends!