It is disappointing to me that more people do not grasp this concept. It is especially disheartening when people choose to avoid it, all because they would rather embrace easy routes and pure laziness.
I remember back when everyone saw him as a movie star. I saw him as the guy sitting across from me on a bus, struggling to be taken seriously as a musician in a world of skepticism. He didn’t want to talk about himself. He wanted to know the inspiration behind the girl who did her research and even knew who the hell his band was in the first place.
I remember when word started spreading that he had a band. I remember all of the screaming girls. I remember all of the questions of how we knew each other. I remember how it was such a big deal to these people that we would be seen walking to a sandwich shop together. But to me, he was just a friend, struggling for bigger and better dreams in life, just as I was.
I remember the beginning. I remember all of the small clubs and basements that could hardly be filled. Ten years later, and he’s playing arenas in front of thousands and thousands of people all over the world.
Since then, we’ve grown apart, and it’s not like anything bad had happened to cause that. I’m not livid about it, either. I’m not going to sit here and claim that he was one of those types of people who got “too famous” for his old friends who supported him the whole way through, because I know that was never the case. Sometimes people just grow apart, and that’s what happened, especially when I left that world.
I could sit here and dwell on it. I could allow myself to be sad about how disconnected we are now than what we used to be. But I’m not. I find myself incredibly happy for him; incredibly proud. He lived his dream. He’s still living it.
He’s the big rockstar now. But to me, he’s always going to be the guy who set his stardom aside for a chunk of time to become my friend and believe in me at a time when no one else did. He is always going to be that friend who helped drive the motivation I have to continue achieving my dreams.