Life is strange…….at least mine is. We all make mistakes but mistakes are how we learn. I’ve made countless mistakes so I should be pretty smart but the only thing this proves is that I have a superfluous amount of mistakes yet to endure. Having said this I thought I would share some of the lessons in life I have learned.
- Never raise your voice to win an argument: People that yell are frustrated and the secret to winning an argument is to frustrate your opponent into raising his/her voice.
- Kindness cannot be taught you either practice it or just make the conscious decision to be an asshole.
- Never date anyone that you meet at last call.
- Money pays bills but it doesn’t create self-worth.
- Experience a brush with death and you will figure out the meaning of life.
- People will use the word “amazing” when it’s not truly “amazing.”
- Drinking tequila leads to one of two things: getting into a fight or taking your clothes off.
- People with a cross tattooed on their forehead do not work at NASA.
- Never trust anyone that believes wrestling is real.
- Whoever created bottled water or salad in a bag is a genius.
It took me many years to figure out these proverbs of wisdom. I look forward to the mistakes I will make today to create my lessons of tomorrow.
I have stated in the past at how disappointed I am in the world today. No one is nice anymore. No one says “please” or “thank you” or holds the door open for the other person. Something happened today that has stayed with me all day and hopefully will for quite some time.
I had a minor accident on the Harley over the weekend and there was some minor damage done to my pride and joy. I only take my bike to one place, Nicky D’s, so I rode it there and dropped it off this morning. Since the shop is six miles from my house I needed to arrange for a ride home so the plan was Mom would drive to get me on her lunch break from work. To make it easy on mom I told her to meet me at the CVS nearby but this entailed that I walk from Nicky D’s to CVS. The distance was maybe a quarter of a mile but I was wearing long pants and it was about eighty-two degrees so by the time I got to CVS I looked like a contestant on “The Biggest Loser.”
I found a bench in front of the store, sat down and called mom. As usual I was early and she told me she would leave work in about a half hour which translates into me sitting in the direct sun for about another forty-five minutes.
I could feel the sunlight hit me directly and make me sweat like Johnny Manziel at last call. I knew that if a producer for “The Bachelor” walked by I would not be invited to be on the show. I started to smell like someone who should be behind the wheel of a Yellow Cab. Then a very strange thing happened that left me stunned and speechless.
An elderly woman, probably early eighties, stopped in front of me and said “Would you like an iced tea I just bought?” I respectfully declined but was stunned by her offer as it was something I had not seen in such a long time: unselfishness and kindness. She didn’t know me. She didn’t know what I was about yet she put that all aside and was willing to make a sacrifice for someone she didn’t even know. Isn’t that the way we are supposed to live life on a daily basis?
I may have declined her kind offer of a drink today but what she gave me meant so much more than just a quench of thirst. She restored my faith in mankind.