It’s hard to see a close friend struggle with their life.
After my best friend and I graduated high school, we stayed close but we chose different paths.
I went to a liberal arts college to study philosophy while he immediately entered the workforce. While I struggled to keep up my GPA amid social turmoil on campus, he was floating from one job to the next because of poor work conditions. Whether or not he was working at a grocery store or a restaurant, he wasn’t happy. Honestly, I don’t blame anyone for hating physical work. But he claimed that he wanted a physical job, just something different than what had already been available to him. This led him to apply to trade school and focus on studying heating, cooling, and ventilation. To my surprise, he landed a high paying position right after he completed his education. He started as an apprentice technician to one of the masters that has been with the company for years. Now after years of experience, my friend is taking on his own apprentice whenever he goes out on installation and repair calls. As most would assume, I use him as my heating and cooling technician. I wouldn’t ever dare calling someone else to fix or service my air conditioner. And like all air conditioner repairmen, he’s trained to fix and service furnaces as well. I have a boiler in my basement that supplies hot water to all of the rooms in my house. Whenever my friend is doing maintenance on my air conditioner, he inspects my boiler and makes any necessary repairs if something is wrong with the device.