We watched the waters rise around our home. After days of rain, with only more days of rain in the coming forecast, we decided to pack up what we could, and go spend the night at our neighbors’ in their upstairs guest bedroom.
“It’s a new year already but I see you’re still single, eh?”
“When are you getting a boyfriend?”
“You know, your friend from high school already has two children. When will you be like her?”
When I was 16, everything in life was going well. I excelled in academics and sports (Judo), and I had a promising future ahead of me. Yet, my triumphant days came to a cruel and abrupt halt on April 20, 2010.
Our twenties are full of uncertainty. I never really realized this until I graduated college, and the structure of my life was disrupted.
There was a night a number of years ago that still stings a little when I recall it. I had been interested in a girl and finally found the nerve to tell her how I felt. It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done.