Your mates at the beach – Gamby, Marty, Jezz – stay close to them. Surf, play backyard cricket, talk about girls, build cubby houses in the bush, go on adventures. There’s a movie – Stand By Me – I’m not sure if it’s out yet, but it reminds me so much of your ‘gang’. You guys are going to go through some absolutely massive changes together and always remember… you are stronger as a group than as an individual.
In a couple of years 2 major – and I mean major – incidents are going to change your life forever and you’re going to question everything. There are people whose lives are going to depend on you and you won’t know what to do – you’re too young. Remember that. These events will stay with you forever. Even now I think about them, question my actions and wonder what if. You’ll know what I mean when you get there.
Look for your friends and don’t be afraid to tell them you are scared, confused and sad.