"Along The Way"
Life always seems to bring us gifts in the times that we need them the most. That happened for me when Steven came into my life last year. Out of all the big things that happened for me in 2018, that for me is the one that I feel like I cherish the most. I love that dude, I really do. He's become my brother and my family. It's almost like life knew what I needed. When Oakland Unified School District reached out to me to showcase a kid who was working in this heal program, I didn't think anything of it. I thought it would just be one and done. Now it has become clear that I have someone in my life, for life. When I started mapping out my journey to my big move in New York, I knew I had to carve out some time to see Steven in Santa Cruz. I haven't seen him since last year. I really missed him and the short amount of time we were able to become close last summer, it's something that I cherish. It's so weird being in a position where we are so far from those versions of ourselves. Steven is now in his 2nd year of college. When I met him he was at the tail end of his senior year. Look at how far time has taken us, in literally no time at all. I didn't know what to expect, because my brother is clearly MIA on instagram. Like, get on more often dude, lol. But when i saw Steven, it was like no time has passed. He's still the same, but older, and with a little more life under his belt. Plus we are twinning now... We both have long hair. So i'm extremely proud of that, lol. It was nice to see him in his new element. Not a kid anymore, but a young adult in the world. Then again, he was always older than his actual age. We got to just chill and eat pizza in downtown Santa Cruz for awhile. I'd say that's a good way to catch up and squeeze out one more memory before I leave California and grow into something new. Steven is an important part of my life, because he really was the turning point, to shape me into something more. May 2018 really was the beginning of the lead up to this point right now. Looking at the timeline of my life, things would be very different if Steven never came along. I've gotten to do some of the coolest things with him, and that's something i'll never forget. I hope he won't too. I swear, he better come visit me in New York. I want him to see me in a whole new light. I mean, the version of me that he got to meet, is the complete opposite of the dude he saw last year, lol. I'm really proud of him. He's out there doing his best to live a new life. He's finding ways to become who he is meant to be. I hope I can take a cue from him and do the same. I'm really grateful that I got to see him and have a full circle kinda moment. I needed that with him, because I know it will help me as I launch into the next evolution of myself. Our relationship is one of my centers, I need to be centered moving forward. To Steven, I love you bro, and I miss you, and wish I could see you more.... but I know this won't be the last memory that we make... there's still more to come, along the way.
Photographer: Courtney Johnson
What I'm Wearing: Hoodie - Artist Union, Jeans - Forever 21, Shoes - Lugz
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