An instant can change your life. Over the course of your life, many of these instants shape the person who you are.At the age of ten, Colin Thomas played a game with fire that began a story. Over twenty years later, he is finally able to share that story with a stranger. With impassioned detail, he speaks of the four people who have helped shape his path through life. Through the highs of unwavering friendship and love, to the lows of tragedy and despair, Colin discovered who he was, and who he wanted to be. And, he learned that without hope, he could not truly live.
er and harder.
Since then, I have learned that diffusing a situation typically takes time. At ten years old, I did not understand the physiology of calming down. Adrenaline was charging though my veins. I should have waited just a moment or two for the situation to relax. But, I was ten years old. I was clutching the hand of my best friend. And, his eight-year-old brother was holding a gun on a drunken man that clearly was looking to harm us. And that man, to his discredit, was not backing down.
Maybe it was the fact that Logan was just so little. Or, maybe the man truly did not get the gravity of the situation because he was drunk. Maybe it was because this man had unequivocal contempt for us. We were on his property. We had lit his field ablaze. And now, we were pointing a gun at him. Whatever the reason, it was clear that he did not seem concerned in the slightest that Logan would actually pull the trigger. This, in my mind, made the man a gambler.
There was not a boy around who did no
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