I have often struggled with the concept of declaring a best friend. I have had the privilege of having several friends throughout my life who have been great. Several of these friends you will get to know, or have heard about already in this series.
My best friend is Aaron Rice. I can tell you the moment in time when I realized that Aaron became my best friend, and why he is my best friend.
How Aaron and I met is a story that is disputed, and frankly doesn’t really matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. I think it had to do with a mutual love for hockey, the greatest sport known to man. We started to hang out and watch games, soon we realized we knew a lot of the same people (Nashville is the biggest small town you will ever know).
One day Aaron and I went out to lunch, Mexican, Las Palmas downtown, if I am remembering it correctly. We sat down and started to talk. I was nervous, because I knew what I wanted to talk about. I shared with Aaron a pretty significant and real decision that I had made in my life. And his response is what made me realize I was sitting across from my best friend.
I told him what I was thinking about… and he paused and said… “that’s great, and I am so excited for you… I have been waiting for you to get there… But, now you realize you have to address these issues in your life.” He then went on to call out areas of my life that needed attention. These were not things I wasn’t aware of by any means, but, I realized that Aaron wanted me to accomplish my goals and that they wouldn’t get realized without tackling some obstacles.
Aaron has done this for me several times since and I count it a privilege and a honor to count him as my closest friend. I hate that we don’t live in the same town and go to hockey games all the time anymore. But, I am glad that we have not allowed the distance in our geography to sever our closeness as friends
What makes your best friend, your best friend?