My family and my friends mean everything to me, I appreciate them more since my accident. I never anticipated relying on others so heavily and I never expected to be blessed with such great support.
Anybody who knows me or has read my posts, particularly Hospital Memories Part 1, will understand how lucky I am to have a friend like Ryan.
We started working our very first Saturday job on the same day back when we were 16 and both at school. Over time we grew together as brothers, we became a part of each other’s families. When I had my accident we were sharing a house and were closer than ever.
Over the years our friendship has become unbreakable, our respect for each other immeasurable.
We have been through so much and supported each other through thick and thin. So many experiences and adventures to treasure. So much help through tough times and words of encouragement in times of need.
I had to say goodbye to Ryan yesterday. Today he flies to the other end of the world to begin a new life in Australia.
I have lost something irreplaceable. A constant in my life, a role model I have always looked up to and a friend I have so much admiration for. They don’t come much better.
I don’t know how I would have coped without Ryan’s support and guidance at the time of the accident. He was there for me and my family in a way that you could only understand if you knew the man yourself. I didn’t thank him yesterday when we said goodbye, I hope he knows that I will always love him for that.
It will never be the same without him here, 15 years of history doesn’t seem nearly long enough.
I worry about how much I will miss him being around. Day to day he is the most influential person in my life. I assumed we would be the closest of friends for the rest of my days. Those two old guys you see sitting together at the bar discussing the ‘good old days’ over a drink or two. I already knew some of the things I wanted to say as his Best Man.
I now need to accept that we are on different paths and be grateful for the journey we had together. I am privileged to have had such a good friend for all these years. I could not have asked for any better.
Above all, I wish him well. He deserves all the happiness in the world and I hope he can find in Australia what he couldn’t find here.