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11-12-2010 @ 8:22AM
I finally took some time to get to know someone in my guild years ago, and he turned out to be the best friend I'd never even met. The guy was almost never caught in anything but the best of moods, and his upbeat attitude always rubbed off on everyone for the most part. Either through his random and hilarious humor, or simply giving some kind words to cheer you up, he was there for you. It wasn't until after I got to know him better that I found out how he'd been struggling in real life, that I truly respected his constantly positive attitude. He'd been laid off due to the recession from a good computer-related job, and had been job searching for almost a year. Anytime he wasn't in game, he was simply trying to get interviews and putting in job applications, but nobody in the computer field was looking for new bodies at that time.Finally, he had found a new job, and it seemed the stars were aligning for him. One night when he hadn't shown up for a raid, we simply assumed he was busy with his new job (he'd only been working maybe a week or two at most). Suddenly, members of the guild started getting phone calls from his cell phone. It turned out that Richard suffered a massive heart attack on the job, right at his desk, and had passed away. His brother (I believe) was taking the time to call everyone in his cell phone book to tell them of his passing. I'd never really had a friend pass before, much less one I'd never even met, but it was impossible to not feel devastated.From this, I was simply reminded that life is short, and to enjoy the time you have - even with the people you've never even met.
11-12-2010 @ 9:38AM
Coming from someone who has done some Master's level work, my advice would be to be yourself. If you were friends with these guys before you knew what they did, then my guess is that they are a good group who don't care what someone's educational background is, but rather what kind of person they are.My father never went to college, but he is one of the best guys I know. I might know more about Plato and Aristotle, but he knows more about cars and mechanics. And our difference in education doesn't preclude us from having a lot in common.
11-12-2010 @ 9:41AM
Darn comment system replied to the wrong post, that was meant for @Szass
11-12-2010 @ 9:47AM
This makes me sad -- and happy at the same time. Life can be such a dark place sometimes, but it always seems as if there are a few "bright stars" among us that blaze brightly, leaving a path of light in their wake. They always seem to burn out way too soon.I'm sorry for your loss, though I'm glad you got to know someone this special.
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