|This picture is the one that was in the yearbook (annual) my senior year. I even wanted red hair when I was eighteen! We actually had our senior portraits made during summer break of 1976, so this is me 40 years ago.|
I graduated in 1977 from Richlands High School in Richlands, Va.
June 11. 2016-1977=39.
I was 18, and looking forward to life with all of the naivete and excessive confidence an 18 year-old can summon. I hosted a graduation party at our house that spilled out into the yard, the neighbors yards, and the street itself.
There are many moments, memory slices, I can summon to the forefront of my mind easily, and that day was one of them.
I had good friends, good parents, and big dreams.
Thirty-nine years later, I have good friends, a good family and still have dreams.
I hope to never stop dreaming.
These are a few of the things I have learned over the past 39 years:
Seize the day.
Find and follow your bliss.
Wonder what would happen if ... and then try it and see.
Learn, Love, Laugh
Be kind. It costs nothing and means everything.
Read books, discover new music, know the space and people around you.
Get wet in the rain from time to time.
Cry when you need to, then move on.
Tell those you love that you love them, and do it sooner rather than later.
Take time to look people in the eye when you talk to them.
Pay attention to the elderly, and the very young.