The last couple weeks have been quite the blur. Between the usual work schedule and a handful of cheery events like weddings and birthday parties, one of the most heart-wrenching things happened to my circle of friends. I usually try to keep things pretty lighthearted on the blog, but the news of one of my close friends going missing has shuffled all the priorities in our lives. In trying to think of a way to describe the feeling, helpless is the only word that comes to mind.
It’s crazy to think back to some of our last memories together. We had just seen each other a week or so before his disappearance. We were at our monthly friends night dinner that he planned. Coincidentally enough, it was also the week of my birthday and he is the friend that arranged the little surprise ice cream float at the end of dinner. This is the same friend who organized a surprise birthday party last year for me at the Boba Guys Mission Store. If there was any one person in our friend group who remembered birthdays without the help of Facebook, it would be him!
I keep thinking back to all the happy memories we had together and how amazing of a friend he truly is. I have never met another person as selfless, loyal, and caring. Not to mention, he is a wizard with Excel and made a spreadsheet for things like bill splitting to trip planning to optimizing routes when shopping at IKEA in a time crunch.
It’s hard to know how this situation came to be or how he went missing. All of his friends and family have banded together to try o piece together this mystery, but we haven’t yet found any answers.
His father met a group of us up for brunch over the weekend where we all shared our favourite stories and moments of him with each other. It was one of the most heartwarming, touching conversations I’ve ever been lucky to be part of. Looking around the table at all his friends, it was obvious how much he is loved and cherished by every single person he has crossed paths with. His father reminded us all to continue to stay positive and to never forget the good times we’ve all shared together.
I won’t lose hope or faith that we will one day find him. Until then, please send positive vibes and prayers.