We went to high school together. He was a person on the autism spectrum and I was neurotypical. He would occasionally get picked on and bullied for being different. Kids can be cruel, especially if they want attention. When this happened though, I didn’t stand up for him. I was never one to back down but for some reason I let it slide. I always regretted it. I hated myself for it. It hurt my soul. I ran into him and his mom years later. I immediately walked up to them and explained that we had went to high school together years ago and I stood by while he got picked on and that i wanted to make things right. I also realized that I had never taken the time to get to know him as a person. We began spending time together and I learned how amazing he is as a person. What he likes, what he is into and how kind he is. We are friends now. I also volunteer my time helping those on the autism spectrum. Some regrets are life changing if you have the courage to face them.