“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
As we are approaching this year’s Thanksgiving, I have reflected on people I have lost over the short life I have had. I reflected on where my passion for life came from. I have pursued a career where I interact with teenagers on a daily basis. I sit and ask myself, what drew me to this. I think it’s because in a world where most doesn’t make sense, especially for today’s youth, I want to be a guide for them. I think that after being guided, for the most part, down the right path for me, I realized I had great guides in my life.
Former teachers, coaches, family friends, and grandparents have all done there part to help mold me into the person I am today. I have recently been thinking about a man who I considered my grandfather. He was not my grandfather biologically, but by marriage. His name was Bill. He was a great man, someone my grandmother met late in life. I knew him for most of my life, from about the age of 5 until he died in my first year of college. I took it pretty hard. He taught me a lot and really gave me that nudge out the door to go and fish. He taught me how to cast, work a lure and how to be patient.
Bill died only 3 years into his retirement. We had big plans to travel to different places and catch several different kinds of fish. He wanted to hunt with me as well, something we never got the chance to do. Died when he was in his early 70’s. Aged, but not old, not by a long shot. Cancer took him and it took him fast. I remember one of the last things he told me. He told me to enjoy life, because one day it is taken from you. I try to make everyday count, I try to give my daily dose of advise to students I teach. As a teacher, I take my job very seriously. I am a teacher of science, but also about life. I try to guide my students down a steady path.
So, as we approach this coming holiday and Christmas, ask yourself; Am I really living life? We have a tendency to remember what life is. Life isn’t about bills, work, and pleasing people. Life is about experiencing whatever it is that makes us happiest. For me, that fishing and hunting. For my wife, it’s sitting outside playing with our dogs, or reading a book. As long as your happy and enjoying every minute, you’re living life. We are here for a short time, we need to make the most of it.