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"I'll Be There For You"
We all know I have had to reenter the world post what happened to me. It's been rough to get around, but literally everyone that I love has been here for me. I've been saying, I could stay at home, bored, and be in pain, or I could go out and make memories, while in pain. I'm obviously choosing to go out and be in pain. It's more entertaining anyways. I've been wanting to show my brother Jamie around SF. I've been here all this time, and he is literally the last of my loved ones that I haven't taken around the city. I really wanted to make this happen, especially with me moving soon. Plus, anytime I get to be with my brother, is a mental blessing. Jamie is literally one of the most laid back guys you could ever meet. Considering everything that happened to me over the last few months, I need as much good energy in my life. I mean this year hasn't been easy for anyone that I love, so taking days like this, means everything. to me. I got to take my brother on Bart. Something he hasn't done in ages. I always love seeing how everyone feels about this train life that I live on daily. I'm always on the train alone, so when I get to have my family with me, it makes it more special for me. Seeing the look on Jamie's eyes as we entered Powell, that was cool to see my brother in this city element, as opposed to the small town life we grew up in. We were going to go to this really cool ASL Pizza joint, but they were closed. We'll have to do that before I move now. So I took him to Haight street. We window shopped and ate vegan burgers. Well, I ate vegan, my brother eats normal food, lol. Limping around the city has not been fun, but it's nice to get air, instead of breathing the air from the hospital walls that I have been breathing in for the past month now. I'm grateful I had one free day in the week to go out with him. Like I said, i'm at the hospital everyday. When my doctor gives me a break, I take it and run. Well, I can't run yet, but you know what I mean. I love showing my family around the city. They don't come in often, and I know so much about SF now. I know my way around, so it's nice to be able to take them to places that I love, and let them find places that they love. You know Jamie has been one of my best friends since middle school. He has seen me at my fat stage, my diva stage, my depressed stage, my highest peak, my lowest peak, my darkest times, my medium state, and now this phase of my life, post getting hit by the car. Literally as soon as he found out about what happened, he came right over and saw me. Our brotherhood goes far beyond some who are blood. Not once has he judged me for the life I choose to live, and the people I choose to include. He has supported me every step of the way. I can't say that about all the other people who have come and gone. Jamie stayed, he stayed through it all. Solidifying our brotherhood, no matter where I go. You know one of my most memorable moments with Jamie is a little quiet moment. We were walking into the first screening of Star Wars The Force Awakens. He gave me his shoulder to hold, to guide me up the stairs and to the movie theater. My eye was not doing well, but I could not miss the movie premiere. I had to see it, even if that meant struggling through it. He guided me up, and that's not something some friends would do, that's family there. To be at this stage in my life, where I can somehow return that favor, and at least be the one to show him around, it's not a lot, but it means a lot to be able to spend happier times, amongst the chaos of my life. It's a happier call back, to a bittersweet time. I love having my family taken out of that small town element, we are all to familiar with. That's something I want to experience with them here in the city, a little more before I go. I had to get Jamie back on Bart so he could make it back to work, but I wanted to take my brother to at least see some sort of cool view of the city. Since i'm slow as hell right now, I took him to Macy's Union Square. They have a nice view of the big buildings at least. As we stood there and took a selfie with the big city backdrop, it made me feel all the feels knowing how far we have come since Dover Middle School. Some people can say that we haven't amounted to anything, but damn, in that moment, every obstacle and hater pushed aside, we really have come a long way. I'm glad we could both share that moment and save it as something we'll always look back on.
Now that I got October into full swing, 100 days of sweat is done, brother bonding day in SF was a success, and now I must tie up my shoes real tight, because the moments and memories that I will continue to make amongst the chaos, these are some of the memories that will stick with me for life. As I prepare for the next story, i'll be writing real soon.
Photographer: Courtney Johnson
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