After my brain injury, I had every intention of going back to live with my old roommate.

My old roommate was a familiar, longtime friend of mine and we’d always gotten along great. I knew them very well and I always knew what to expect. But for some reason, when I got home from the hospital, I learned they’d moved out and some strange new roommate I’d never met before had taken their place.

At first, I wasn’t very nice to my new roommate. I told them I didn’t think we’d ever be friends. I told them to just stay away from me. I really had no interest in learning more about them.

I went on and explained to them how it was only going to be a temporary stay and they should start looking for another place to live when my old roommate was ready to come back, which I just knew could be anytime soon!

However, one day I had the sudden realization they weren’t coming back. My old roommate, my old friend, had moved on.

It wasn't until I finally accepted the fact that my old roommate had left for good that I decided to start giving my new one a chance. I was starting to get pretty lonely and feeling a little depressed. I figured that I should probably at least try to get to know them a little better. And, you know what, I’ve been finding out they’re not nearly as bad as I thought

I mean, my new roommate is lot different than my old one and definitely has some annoying quirks. They sleep a lot. They don’t like loud noises. They’re always reading books. They ask a lot of questions, often times the same ones they just asked me earlier. They always want to talk about serious stuff, especially about something they call the “gospel.”

My new roommate’s a little high strung at times and has a hard time relaxing. They often can’t pay attention for any time at all. They get easily annoyed by things that seem so insignificant. They get fixated on and have a hard time dropping trivial matters.

But, despite all of these irritating qualities, I‘m actually starting to get used to and sometimes even enjoy having my new roommate around.

You really should stop by and meet them someday. I think you might like them, too!