Greatest Influence

Greatest Influence

My Older “Brother”

Throughout life we meet thousands of people, and every one is different. Each person has his or her own personality, likes and dislikes, and views and values. People can relate to each other in so many ways: similar tastes in music, movies, books, or by having similar interests or hobbies, like participating in or watching certain sports. Through these similarities people are able to bond and can even create friendships. The tiniest conversation starter, such as how good the Yankees are at baseball, can form a strong friendship between friends. Some friends come and go, but others never leave your side, and influence your life in such a positive manner, and you begin to realize that you have made a friend for life. In my case, a skateboard helped change my life for the better.
I grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, a relatively safe town where a pre-teen could walk or bike around town during the day and not encounter any problems. There was always somewhere to go or something to do, so I took advantage of that, especially during my summer vacations. The summer between 6th and 7th grade was definitely one I will never forget.
It was a hot day in July when I was roaming the streets with an old friend of mine, Kris, when we ran into some kids we knew from our school. With these friends of ours was someone who I had never met. He was holding a skateboard in his hands, and skating had always been something I wanted to try, so I approached him and introduced myself, hoping to segue into the topic of skateboarding, but instead was completely ignored! I tried again to talk to him, but he continued to ignore me. It was my first time meeting this kid and he already wanted nothing to do with me. I decided to not even try again, so I walked away and continued speaking to my other friends. That day continued with Kris and I joining our friends as they walked around town. Eventually it was time to head home for the day. I forgot about that kid with the...

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