Be The Best.

Happy Birthday Christian

19 years.

We thought about tonight many times.

The dinner we would have at the Keg.

The first official beer together.

The waiter doing the obligatory id check.

The laughs we would have.

Tonight I’m not laughing.

If you ever have a problem that you think you can’t face, you can.

If you ever have a mountain you think you can’t climb, you can.

If you ever think that getting mad at yourself solves a problem for others, it doesn’t.

I wasn’t planning on being this direct tonight, but after spending  a bunch of time thinking about it and at Chris’ wall, this is the only place to go.

If you are needing help………..REACH OUT!

If you are in pain….TELL SOMEONE.

If life’s issues have you overwhelmed, PLEASE let someone know.

What can appear as a solution, is a complete lie….a complete and total lie.

I’ve had many (young people especially) let me know how the BE THE BEST theme helped them overcome and persevere.

I would encourage anyone reading this tonight to keep believing.

And yah, that goes for the writer too.

Chris…we love you so terribly much.

How I wish I could share a beer and prime rib dinner with you tonight.


By Randy Friesen

Randy Friesen is a business strategist, manager and educator based in Vancouver, BC and Detroit, Michigan. He is also a husband and father. He loves the creative process and is active in creating art and music.

4 replies on “Happy Birthday Christian”

Bless you all tonight on this 14th of January. Bless the Friesen family, held together, four strong, a steadfast bond of love that completes you, that makes you whole, that makes you one.
Karen xo

Know that your strength and inspiring words are heard. Know that we continue to love and support you. Know that Chris’s legacy lives on in people you haven’t even met. Know that you make a difference. Love to you, Ingrid and Max.

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