Life is Sweet

If I were to look back at my 17 year old self on the eve of graduation and reflect on who I wanted to become and look at myself now, I would say I have far exceeded my expectations.  On many fronts – the qualities I wanted to develop, the type of friendships I wanted to belong to, the conversations with my family that I wanted to share, the girlfriend I wanted to love, the ambitions and direction I wanted to define – I am pleasantly surprised.  While there is a significant delta between now and who I would like to become + the many things I would like to achieve in the next 5, 10, 20, 50 years, if I got hit by a train right after I publish this post, I think I would be able to leave happily.  Almost all of the people that I love dearly have heard it profusely.  Hypothetically speaking from the moments before being hit by an imaginary train, given my current trajectory of growth and grit and ambition, I think I would have been able to achieve everything I set out to do in the absence of being hit by an imaginary train.  Thankfully, I am alive.  And thankfully, I am not being hit by a train; I am instead the conductor of a motherfucking first-class train plowing through my challenges and goals alongside all of the people I love.  I hope and expect to look back in a few years and be equally surprised by myself.

From the misses:

“A man is not only happy but wise also, if he is trying, during his lifetime, to be the sort of man he wants to be found at his death.”

Thomas à Kempis via the Happiness Project
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