This reminds me of one guy whom I am very close to. During his younger days, he was a real slacker. He was such lazybones he would rather be out in the street strumming his guitar away than breaking his bones in workplace. And his rock-ish appearance made it difficult for him to mix amongst the society, let alone securing a job.
Being a metalhead, people tend to associate him with drugs. True enough, he got himself involved in all those junk shit he became so pathetic he almost took his own life. Once, after a failed attempt that was when it really hit on him hard to sit down and think thoroughly of the mess he’s made, to his family, friends, society and critically, himself.
I was with him when he dropped the bombshell of turning a new leaf. I mean, knowing him like forever, I could almost see the determination written all over his face and I knew it back then that he really meant what he said.
Although he maintained his looks and passion for rock music, all the cannabis and shit was soon behind him as soon as he embarked himself career-wise. Just like Anthony Bourdain who started his culinary career as dishwasher and went on to become a world’s renown chef, this fella did the same by getting a job as an office boy. Slowly he rose up the rank climbing the corporate ladder by beating the odds and took all the shits thrown at him.
Like any typical successful story, a low-life nobody turning into a millionaire is no big deal but what’s extraordinary about this guy is he managed to juggle between his hectic office hours to basking on the street to make ends meet. He got his big musical break after during one of the sessions, he was spotted by a well-known record producer Rick Rubens and eventually recorded his multi-million hit single.
After only several years, those who looked down on him back when he first started has turned admirer for his dedication in striving in the rat-race of corporate world and the ever-so competitive world of showbiz.
I’m proud of his achievements and his status as one of the country’s one and only zillionaire tycoon but prouder to have stuck around through thick and thin giving him all the moral support and shit. without sounding too gay, we treated each other like any brothers would. I have been told many times that we look so much alike and bear quite an exact resemblance.
I mean seriously, do we really?
Ok time to get down to work.