No Path Uncharted.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Alma Mater.”

Dear Students of Montevideo Senior High,

You are embarking upon a great and arduous journey. A journey that some of you won’t make it more than a few more years (I hope I am wrong, but statistics say I am not). A journey that will take some of you the next eighty plus years. You currently have plans. I am here to tell you, those plans will probably change. You may go to college. You may fail out of college (I did a couple times). You may get married (again, I did, twice). You may have kids. You may not do any of these things.

Life can throw surprises at you that you never saw coming. Maybe you will contract a disease. Maybe you will cure a disease. The key is, no matter what, stand firm in your beliefs and your resolve to fight through whatever comes. This life is ravaged with battles and you will have your scars. Do not let them define you!

There are those who say this life is what we make it. I say, life is a surprise. Take it as it comes in all its glorious forms and make the most of every opportunity you can. You never know when your opportunities will be up. You never know when, after years and years, an opportunity will reemerge in a different form than you originally considered. The only regret most people have is the opportunities they didn’t take. So, jump on board with anything that presents itself.

Make relationships. This is one key. You never know who will end up being your most important support in this life and we all need support. Make those relationships now and keep them through life. I am amazed that I still have a few friends that I have known since KINDERGARTEN!! For me, that is a long long time. Make those relationships and keep them, but that will take weeding in your garden of friends. Some have to be thrown out so others can grow.

Finally, in all things, HAVE FUN! I know 18 year olds who feel old and worn down. I know 60-70 year olds who feel as young as high schoolers or college students. You are only as old as you feel, so hold on to your youth as long as possible and have fun! If it is not fun, its time to seek out new things. The journey will continue.

Sometimes the journey will move forward, sometimes it will move backward. Just keep it moving. You never know what is around the next bend in the journey. Through it all, keep your attitude positive. It will help you in the long run to not be so negative about anything. Work Hard. Play Hard. Give when you can. I promise, it will come back in a good way for you.

This is the advice I wish someone had given me in high school. Pay no attention to groups, or cliques. Those who are only seeking popularity will be the most unpopular within ten years. Those who seek genuine friendships will be friends for a lifetime. Stay the course and fight your battles until the bitter end. You will be great! But, it is up to you to be EXTRAORDINARY!

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The Future Is Unwritten, The Past Has Been Written For A Reason.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “One-Way Street.”

If I had a time machine that could only travel one direction, either to the past or the future, I would definitely choose the future! I would love to see how things end up. Who knows, maybe I could come back to the present and change some decisions so the future doesn’t go the way I see it from the time machine.

The past? That is what brought me here and believe me, that is truly a gift! If I could be anywhere else doing anything else with anyone else, no thank you! I am married to a wonderful woman and I love my life. Every single moment I have lived in the past (so close to) thirty-nine years has led me here! Why would I change any one of those things? Sure, I could erase some pain, or bad decisions, but in the course of that, I would change a lot of good things too. Why do that?

No. If I had a time machine and I could either go to the past or to the future, let me go to the future. The future has yet to be written. Who’s to say that whatever I witness in the future cannot be changed? Who’s to say that whatever I witness in the future DEPENDS on ME to change it? No. My past is what led me to where I am now. It is finished and it is AWESOME! The future? Who knows? But, I will tell you this. Any little decision you make today can define your future. That word you spoke in anger to a friend or coworker, or God Forbid, a boss? Yeah. THAT can define your future. That decision you made to not help someone or even TO HELP SOMEONE, that can define a whole lot of futures.

What if the person you help today ends up being the major player in a world changing event of the future? What if by supporting someone today you are making a decision to change the outcome of millions of people’s future? Will you deny it? Go to the future. See what will happen and then come back to today. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE TODAY WHAT WILL AFFECT TOMORROW! Why not take that chance?

I see it as the only way to go. Leap forward to the future, as long as you come back to NOW and make the positive changes that will impact the world in a grand manor tomorrow. I MAKE POSITIVE ACTIONS COME TRUE! The only way to do that is to look forward, not look back. Be a visionary today and see where the journey can take you, or us, or the world.