This was beautiful! Joel, as I write this, I have an enormous smile on my face! I also went "awwwwwww" when I reached the end. You are such an inspiring writer for "late-bloomers" and people who are fareful of their futures. I am one of those people. I am 34. I don't have a girlfreind. I still live at home. Society tends to mock kinds like us that walk through life instead of running. I can keep going on and one but I will leave it there. My friend, thank you so much for sharing this story. It was an honour!