Most guys in the gym would never tell their buddy how lucky they feel to know him. Most guys would likely be afraid of being thought of as gay or girlish (it's hard to say which would be worse for most men). And that's sad - why can't one guy tell another guy that he cares about him?
My friend is younger than me, so there is a kind of big brother/little brother thing. I never had a little brother (and always wanted one), but he has two older brothers who, from his perspective, never really understood him.
We share some experience - we both suffer from occasional depression, we both have social anxiety, and we both have ADD. And we both put our health above most other things (in his case, his two little girls come first).
So today he told me that, to him, knowing me feels like a gift - that's pretty damn cool to hear. That's it, a pretty simple statement.
Why is it so hard for guys to share things like that?