College. In my opinion, EVERYONE should go to college. Yes, there’s the argument that we all need a higher education, to get better jobs, to be more successful, and blah blah blah. That’s crap. Yes, it’s good to learn a thing or two about a thing or two, but the most important thing is the experience. The freedom to find out who you really are. The hundreds of people you meet that otherwise you may have never had a chance to. For me, all it took to make my college experience worthwhile was making one particular friend.
For those of you that know him, you know there is no one else like him. He absolutely epitomizes the word individual. Though many imitate, none can emulate that unique personality. A one-man party, this guy brings a great smile and positive attitude into any room he enters. From his strange vocabulary, to his way with women, to unmatched self-confidence, he is without a doubt one-of-a-kind.
To hear him talk, one would think he was from another planet. His vocabulary is of his own creation, and extremely intriguing. I have never seen a person use the word “real” in more ways in my life! Instead of saying “are you serious?” this guy will say “is that real?” And if you happen to be on his good side, he will refer to you as “the Realness.” The versatility of the word goes on and on. Conversely, if somebody is being stupid, they are being “weak,” or they are “the Weakness.” Then he has a term all his own, and equally complex. It’s strange, because this word can either be in reference to someone he doesn’t like, or one of his closest friends. “Digotin.” The only way you can differentiate the two meanings, is by the inflection in his voice. It’s the funniest thing in the world. And if you are getting on his nerves, you had better watch out, because he will “bust” you. Another of his unique vocabulary words, this comes out sounding more like “bus,” and is very long and drawnout.
As for women, this phenomena I cannot explain. I mean, granted, he is a good-looking guy, but I have NEVER in my life met a person to which girls flock more. From the outside perspective, one could argue that he is a player beyond players. That is quite the naïve characterization, though. Yes, girls throw themselves all over him on an hourly basis, but they leave the party/conversation/house feeling nowhere near as though they have been played. Instead, they feel as though they have made a new friend. It is the craziest thing I have never seen in my life, watching women around this man! I never would have believed the term “girl magnet,” until I met this fellow. He exudes this calm class mixed with a badass attitude that makes girls extremely crazy. His charm is absolutely unavoidable. If he felt so inclined, he could have any girl he chose on this planet, without a doubt.
His confidence is of the sort that every man dreams he could have. I have never seen him in a situation where he wasn’t completely comfortable. Jerry Maguire has absolutely nothing on this guy. He walks into a room, and everyone takes notice. Don’t let his offbeat vocabulary fool you, he is deceptively intelligent. He has this natural business savvy that simply cannot be taught. Always thinking, he sees every angle and knows how to make any and all situations run smoothly. Though we were in the same major, and I may have gotten slightly better grades, EVERYONE in our department knew that this guy had the makings of the next Donald Trump. This guy is just that good.
But there is a side only the select fortunate few of us get to see. Most people see the guy that is the life of the party. Guys want to be him, girls want to be with him. But to his closest friends, he is the world. There is not a single thing this guy would not do for you at any given moment in your life. Lay down in traffic for you? He will without question. He has this uncanny ability to make his friends feel more comfortable, more safe, and more loved. No matter what your situation is, you can look behind you and see him there. He completely defines the word friend, in all ways possible. Personally, I know for a fact that I would not be the man I am today were he not a part of my life. And I am sure there are many of you out there who would say some version of the same.
Mark, updog? You are the Realness, for sure. But don’t be weak, or I will BUSSSSSST YOU… Digotin.