“If you don’t give up your hopes and dreams, then there will always be a good ending.”
Over the past number of months I have been “digitally” copying a couple of thousand of my parents old slides. Some of which went back to an era before I was born. Recently, I ran across the one below. It was taken when I was 19 years old.
When I first saw this, I could barely remember the moment. I knew the place immediately, but the moment escaped me. Then, I got to thinking about what happened to that skinny, young guy in that picture …… his hopes, his dreams, his life’s path ……..
I really put some thought in it and at age 19, I really don’t remember a lot of hopes and dreams. A few perhaps, but nothing substantial. I was young, somewhat immature and prior to this little stint in the Army, I already had done a couple of years in college and worked full-time throughout that period …… I was just beginning to explore life, to find my way. I was looking forward to living life.
Fast forward through multiple decades, now I look at life today ….. I think about everything I’ve been through, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I now have more hopes and dreams than I did at 19. And through all of this, I am STILL looking forward to living life!
I think as much as life has changed, as much as I have changed, that I am more THANKFUL and feel more BLESSED now, than at any other time in my life. Thankful for the people in my life, my family, my friends. I love all of you!! Thankful that God has been in my life and spared me, blessed me, and gave me a new chance at life. Thankful for my anonymous donor that simply said “YES” to organ donation.
Hopes and dreams …… I wouldn’t have it any other way!!
What did happen to that skinny, young kid? He’s still here … still smiling!! (But not quite as skinny AND way OLDER!!)