I’m not a bit television fan. Oh I watch the PBS channel a lot, love the National Geographic shows and occasionally watch the program NCIS, mainly because it reminds me of the first generation of Star Trek, which always had some kind of hidden message that always caused the most aware person to question some of the things in the world around them. I remember taking my first Philosophy class in college. It was the first thing I had experienced that caused me to question the world around me for a reason. To think outside of the box long before that became a popular claim; and in doing so made me a little bid odd to all that never took the time to get to know me. I most definitely took the road less traveled and have only regretted it occasionally.
I have tried so many different things, had so many different careers and accomplished things that, looking back, seem all but impossible to believe. It seems that I’ve done a lot of good, and my share of bad along the way. On my best days I realize that I have done things that have changed the world for a few people in a very positive way and on the worst I realize that some of my decisions have caused others to leave this world all too suddenly, before their time was due.
Occasionally, while I’m shaving in the morning, I look at that ageing, over weight, balding man in the mirror and ask that same question, “who are you?”. To this day I still have quite figured it out, but I do realize that I’m still making a positive impact on a lot of people and their day to day lives. While I will only be remembered by a few, they are an important few because they are not friends or relatives or anyone that must remember me, but are a few that will remember me because of the impact I’ve made on their lives. It causes me to remember those few very important people that are the same to me, just people that had an effect on me and changed my own life in a way that has made me the man that I am.
As we pass middle age and start creeping up on old age it’s important for us to take a moment from time to time and look back at our lives. We have all made an impact on many we have encountered. Some good and some not. Still, in all of it we have all made a difference in our own way. I suppose that is what being a part of the human race is all about …. No matter how small, making a difference in the lives of others around us.
I was taught to always judge the people around me by their actions rather than their words. As the old saying goes, it’s walking the walk, not just about the talk. Perhaps this is why so many that are old seem to bore us with so much chatter … perhaps they have finally realized that they have a lot to share and by doing so they can help others avoid making the same mistakes. Discovering who you really are is something you can only really do on your own, but once you’ve figured it out, remember how important it is and then try to figure out how you can continue to do the most in the time that’s left.
And some day, if you’re really lucky, one of those you’ve helped so much without knowing as much might just stop by and enlighten you. That, my friends, is what makes a really good day.
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