Yesterday I was reading an article about a very old friend with whom I've lost contact. In the article it showed a small clip of him, and I noticed a tattoo on his wrist - the one I talked him into getting, and the one I was present for when he had it done. And it made me wonder if he looks down at it and thinks of me and that day and that balding, necklace wearing Sopranos extra that took a vested interest in us while we were in that tattoo shop seven years ago.
It's a weird notion to me that everyone we meet affects us in some way. The people we surround ourselves with leave a lasting impression - some metaphorically, others literally - and lately I have to believe its a mixed bag of outcomes. Some people can come out of toxic relationships as strong, independent individuals, but others don't. Others crash and burn. So it's really important to surround yourself with people who will build you up and challenge you. Simultaneously it's important to be someone that builds others up. I think the best we can do is to live in such a way that other people feel inspired and confident to be great and do great things.
This friend told me thats what I was to him. Being an insignificant part of someone's success is such a greater feeling than being apart of anyone's downfall.
"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody." - Kid President