My friend Dustin was a big influence on my life. We met in high school and were involved in similar Theatre activities, but it wasn't until we both decided to camp out for Star Wars: Episode I when we discovered we shared a mutual love for film and geek culture. He and I were going through a similar phase in our lives of feeling like outcasts and trying to discover our place in the world/high school and it seemed only natural to become friends.
Discovering our passion for film at the same time, we both constantly spurred the other on with new ideas and creative influences. Dustin introduced me to the Ghostbusters, my love for the Beastie Boys, bought me my first dvd, shared hurts and frustrations, and constantly challenged me creatively. His improv comedy was genius and was one of the few people I trusted completely on stage.
It's unfortunate that we sometimes don't realize the impact a person has on our life until it's too late. Dustin was one of those people I always assumed I would be friends with for years down the road. I wish I told him I loved him more, I wish we created more art together while we had the chance, and I wish we could take our kids to the next Star Wars movies together.
Dustin was never afraid to be sensitive, and I always loved that about him. He had a quote he always shared from Winnie the Pooh.
“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. but the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you.” -Winnie the Pooh
I will miss you Dustin.