I knew him a while back. When I was 15-17 He was at my house or I was at his. I house sat for his parents. We lost contact after I started having chronic pain. I had started talking to him again in April.
He taught me so much about being outgoing around large groups of people. We had so much fun with wooden swords and Bow staff on my back Deck. Throwing knives. Going to the river. I don't remember everything I did when I was that age. I remember him. always pushing me to write more run more... be more. He said when we were 30 he was going to show up at my house with camping gear and we were going to find bigfoot. He remembered that promise when we met each other. it had been 8 years.
So many people are grey. Collin was one of the most vibrant people I've ever met. Never judging. I could go on for hours about Wasp nests and firework fights.
He taught me I was worth being in the front of a picture not the back. He changed my life and my path.