My Crazy Friend

There are many great things to have in life, but one of the best things I’ve ever come across is a wild and unpredictable friend. A person whose imagination and curiosity are so insatiable that they can’t help but ooze enthusiasm. These friends get ideas and inspirations all the time, including hours many would consider inconvenient 🙂

Just after midnight I received a short message from a friend regarding a Bitcoin documentary. This friend is not an engineer, but is a very bright individual. After coming across this information, he immediately reached out for discussion. It didn’t matter to him that it was late; great ideas need to be discussed!

After a few texts, I was in the car and driving to his house. I rolled up just before 1 AM; I could see his silhouette standing in the living room. His body was trained on the television. The glow of his Mac dimly lit the curtains. This image is not at all uncommon. This is the type of individual whose mind rarely shuts down.

I made my way to the door, trying to remain quiet for fear of waking his sleeping children. After a gentle rap, he promptly opened the door and began gushing: “Dude, I’m only a little ways into this video but―”, he eagerly pronounced. You could tell he was just dying to catch somebody’s ear.

Within a few minutes he had a notepad out, and we were sketching up schematics, talking about the blockchain, and engaging in some armchair philosophy about the nature of money and currencies themselves. To be honest, it’s the kind of thing I really love to do: sit, and discuss ideas with creative and passionate people.

For as long as I’ve known this guy, he has been this way. Years ago, before either of us had a litter of kids, we’d wind up at the local Waffle House around 1 or 2 AM. He’d be scratching ideas into the back of a napkin, leaning over a plate of hash browns―”scattered, covered, and smothered.”

There is so much value in having a friend like this. They can’t help but keep moving forward, and they drag others along with them. When you surround yourself with crazy friends (or even just one ), you will find it harder to slow down―harder to atrophy. They keep you going, and keep you thinking.

I’m thankful for all of the people I meet, and the relationships I form. But I am particularly thankful for my crazy friend.