I turn 57 years young tomorrow and I can’t quite figure out how I got here.
As they say, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.”
Actually, I’ve enjoyed each and every day – well, almost.
Those that know me well would be quick to remind me of many things I’d just as soon forget. But I’m not here to talk about the past. Those crazy high school days. Those crazy Mizzou days. Those crazy early days in my advertising career when I was ready to set the world on fire. Crazy, crazy, crazy.
Then came love, then came marriage, then came Tommy in the baby carriage and a new journey was underway. Equally crazy but in a different way.
An always moving, ever-changing family dynamic. One kid. Two kids. Three kids. We’ve watched our kids grow and evolve and they are still evolving, still discovering who they are and what they’re all about.
As are we. I am blessed to have Chris in my life – first introduced to me by my brother, the Father. It was the one and only set-up Frank ever set me up with. Home run.
And now, going on 22 years later, the adventure continues.
We don’t know what’s coming our way in life. Nobody really does.
You can plan and think about the future but reality can smack you right in the face at any time and change everything.
I’ve seen that happen to so many people – in so many different ways.
Yet if you keep the faith, if you believe you’re truly here on this earth for some reason and though we may never know exactly what it is, if you just keep on pushing on, doing your best every day to be your best and in the end, you’re going to be all right. Because the end is just the beginning.
So as I roll into my 58th year, I’m fired up to create some great communications this year. I still haven’t made my way into Communication Arts – but I fully intend to be there soon. Tom Jr. has got me painting again and that’s a good thing. My most recent work in progress is on display here and yes, it needs a lot of work.
I got a hole-in-one this year so I can cross that off my list but I’ve yet to shoot par. Maybe in 2015.
The key thing is to continue to challenge yourself to get better, to be a better person, to do more things for people.
If anyone wants me to volunteer for anything, give me a shout. I’d love to help if I can.
I told Tom Jr. in an email today that I had Pink Floyd on the brain today …
“So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.”
Yes, these are things you think on the eve of your 57th birthday.
I can hardly wait until I start humming the Beatles tune, “When I’m 64.”
Time has already proven, it will be here before I know it.