Hey man! I’m Bao


Bao Nguyen, Review Staff

Feature Photo By: Peter Vo – Bao Nguyen poses for a photo 

Editor’s Note: Senior Salutes are an outlet for graduating seniors on The Raider Review staff to share their concluding thoughts about anything involving their last four years of high school/their time leading up to this point. Congratulations graduating class of 2019.

Who am I? Are you sure you want to know? The story of my life is not for the faint of heart. If somebody said it was a happy little tale. If somebody told you I was just an ordinary guy, not a care in the world…  somebody lied. I’m just kidding. Hey there! I hope whoever is reading this is having a phenomenal day. To be frank, I don’t know what to say. I could tell you that you will develop into a young adult in four years or how every struggle makes you stronger, but everyone already knows that.

Okay, now I know what to say. Something I’ve always thought about is being in a relationship. The thing is though, I’ve never been in one. I’ve seen my friends in relationships, acquaintances in relationships, and couples that show too many public displays of affection.

Nguyen poses with Behzod Mirpochoev (the homie).

At times, I found myself discontented over wanting a relationship. As I hung out with my friends, did homework, read books, played video games, and so on, I kept myself silent and pondered this simple and trivial question within my enclosed mind.

I asked myself many questions. Am I ugly? No, I don’t think so.

Is there something wrong with my personality? I’m not much of a risk taker, but I’m a decent individual with a good heart.

What am I doing wrong? Nothing! I’m literally doing nothing to help myself get into a relationship.

But, although I dealt with my own incompetence and stubbornness during the past three years, this year I wanted things to be different. I told myself that I am fine on my own, and I don’t need a relationship to be content. I mean, I’ve been fine so far.

Whenever I see my friends with their loved ones, sometimes I wonder what it’s like to be in a relationship. I wonder what it’s like to be in love, to be loved, to have car rides at night, to kiss, and so on. I don’t want to look at someone and just feel infatuation. I want new experiences and emotions that I’ve never really felt before. Although I have these desires, I realize that it’s all good. That empty feeling is replaced by friends, family, and the joys of life.

Well, that’s all I have to say. If you’re worried about the same thing, don’t. Seriously don’t, go do your homework or hang out with your friends. You’ll be fine, and it will happen. To all my friends, family, acquaintances, or strangers, I hope you have a wonderful day, stay safe, work hard and smart, and don’t do drugs. I’ll see you all at the gauntlet, graduation, or wherever fate wants us to meet.

Doctor Strange – We’re in the endgame now.