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Friendship Spotlight: Ryan Brown

I have been quite close with my best buddy Ryan since about grade ten, however, our friendship has grown particularly strong over the last two to three years, as we have both gone through experiences and relied on each other to be there in the hard times. I have learned so much about enjoying life, fitness, and being grateful for the time I have with my people from Ryan.

Ryan and I both went through some challenging times at the start of the covid-19 pandemic and it was hard for us to both be in a difficult spot at once. I think what has made our friendship so special from my perspective is that we have both had times where we reached out to the other person with no real boundaries, simply because we just needed to chat. There is no faking it, just raw and meaningful conversations; sometimes tough love when it is necessary. I felt as though we had complete control of our emotions and lives prior to the pandemic but as things began to derail for Ryan and me, this turned out not to be the case. I did not see things clearly and when the going got tough, I tended to shut down. The coolest part for me, though, was that we slowly but surely started to grow as individuals and used our friendship to pitch ideas to each other and continue to do so in an open-minded manner. Ryan has taught me a lot about the ‘screw it’ mindset in that sometimes we just have to do what we feel is right for ourselves and not feel bad about it.

The level of fitness that Ryan is at is quite incredible. This guy put me through some wild workouts over the last couple of years and his work ethic, as well as drive to become a better person every day is something, we could all learn from. Ryan is particular about the things he puts in his body and knows when it is time to decompress and blow off some steam. This is something I struggle with because sometimes I do not know how to turn the button off for a day and truly let go of whatever I have going on in my mind or in my career. Ryan has shown me healthy ways to deal with loss and found new ventures after hockey such as going back to his old passion of baseball or spending his time working out and reading to develop his mind.

Ryan is one of my dearest friends and I have learned many things from him although he is too humble to admit it, he has grown immensely in these past three years and has found a very nice girl who pushes him to be better every day. He is a bold guy and showed a lot of courage this summer dropping his life to move out west and work the summer in Kananaskis to be with his girlfriend and gain some valuable life experience. I am proud of my lifelong pal and cannot wait to see what else life has in store for him.

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