For some reason, I found myself in a contemplative mood this afternoon. The thoughts dinking about my mind were becoming annoying, rather like a dripping spigot with the drops striking a metal basin.
Reaching the milestone age of One Day After Yesterday is quite the achievement. And to celebrate, I decided to take an inventory, of sorts, of my life thus far.
I am, quite literally, twice the man I was at 16. More solidly built, sacrificing speed, yet still sturdy. The hair is a completely different story, being that it vacates the premises with alarming regularity and speed. But I must admit, grass does have difficulty taking root on an active playground.
My memory is becoming somewhat “iffy” due to my inability to remember due to…..let’s go with “all the wisdom that has taken up residence in my mind.” It sounds better than “I just forgot what I was writing.”
I have reached the point in life where I dread going to the doctor, not so much for the news that I need to exercise more and stop enjoying bacon, but because it is increasingly difficult for me to take seriously this advice having come from a lengthy heritage of bacon enjoyers.
A few things I have learned in my sojourn here….
- Asparagus will eternally be evil.
- Nap Time should not be limited to children.
- Chocolate does cure a multitude of moods.
- Coffee is a necessity, moreso than pants.
- It is ALWAYS good form to be polite.
- What you don’t know might actually kill you, but you won’t know it.
- We try far too much to achieve far too much without considering the things we must sacrifice.
- No, you cannot have it all.
- There is a difference between a “mistake” and an “error.” A mistake can be fixed with an eraser. An error needs an apology (sincere and immediate).
- If you strive for perfection, you will live your life in great disappointment.
- Flowers smell nice for a reason. Slow down and smell them once in a while.
- True friends are rare gifts. If you want one, BE one.
- Dance with all your heart.
- Never forget what it feels like to laugh!
- Love is a treasured mode of travel, not a momentary destination.
- You are only allowed one breath at a time. So make every breath count.
- Every day is building your legacy, make sure it is a legacy worth remembering.
Tomorrow is another milestone on this journey.