What were your top three best/most memorable days so far in life? Why?
Good question. I had to think about this for a good long while. It’s a mix of good and bad, so sorry to be a downer-
The first was back when I was maybe 12, I took three friends with my dad to Six Flags in Illinois. It was a hot summer day, and it was just an overwhelmingly fun time. My father who is usually shy and reserved was outgoing and fun, went on every ride, and encouraged us to be young and stupid. On our way back, one of my friends told a slightly dirty joke, and I, trying to be respectful to my dad, quietly tried to shut him up, but my dad responded with an incredibly dirty joke and just started this whole avalanche of silly and stupid jokes and stories. It was just a ton of fun.
The second was my grandfather’s funeral. He was a fascinating person, and was well known and liked. He ran a auto supply store with his good friend (who would die six months after him to the day), and had charisma up the wazoo. I was quite young, maybe 11, and I mostly knew him as the guy who’s hands shook and who smelled funny. I regret it now, but I was just never very close to him, and that realization came crashing down when he died. The memorable/wonderful part of this came during the reception, where all of his old friends came to sit and talked to me about my grandfather’s exploits. He went from being a little bit scary to being a legendary mythological figure in about 2 hours flat. I still felt terrible, sure, but I left with a big smile on my face and a spring in my step.
Last was when I finally got my diploma. I had a really tough time with college, partly because I wasn’t doing anything with my depression and it was eating me and partly because I was so self conscious about my writing that I was scared to actually write papers. It resulted in me being in college for ~6 years on a four year plan. After a long time lying to my parents, friends, and family about this, I got my shit together and graduated. The day I got my diploma was when it became real to me, and where the last six fucked years of school finally got off my back. It was amazing.