25 years ago today I met two teenage boys who changed the way I saw myself. I still have the flyer from the event that brought us together.
Before I met them I was shy and unsure of myself. I rarely spoke, except at home, where I felt comfortable enough to speak up. I was teased. I was bullied. I was left out. And I had very few friends.
Then I met these two boys. I was accepted into their group of friends. We did almost everything together. At one time or another I liked both of them. I learned through my association with them that I was of worth.
People today describe me as bubbly and outgoing. I have been a PTA president. I have been an LDS missionary. I am currently a Cub Master in the Cub Scouting program. I am not afraid to get up in front of people and take charge.
In short, my life changed directions that day, 25 years ago.
To you young men, if you should read this, you know who you are...Thank-you!