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I thought I would try my hand at blogging.  It seems to be all of the rage.  Today's topic?  I've been thinking a lot about stages in our lives and how we process those stages in our minds-- and how some people choose to "seize the day" and others watch hopeful from the sideline.  I've come to the conclusion that my life tends to occur in five year phases. I believe that every five years my life changes in some way.  Those five year spans aren't necessarily five years exactly, but close.  Let's start with the first five-year phase...high school.

 

High School

High school happened for me a long time ago.  Well, if you ask Rachel, that is what she will tell you.  In my mind, high school wasn't THAT long ago.  I graduated in 1986 with a lot of people that I'm fond of.  Even though I'm not close to many of them anymore, they were all a part of my high school years and I either admired them, was buddies with them, was close friends with them, or they taught me a lesson or two along the way  For that, they hold a special place.  For instance, I ran into the father of a girl I went to high school who I didn't get a long with necessarily.  She would say things to my face and behind my back about me and some friends that I took offense to... and I didn't appreciate any of it.  Anyway, I ran into her father the other day and we had a nice conversation about how successful she was, how many accomplishments she had, etc.  He assumed we had been friends and I didn't say either way.  I stood there and smiled at him nodding the entire time.  He was proud.  You know what?  I was proud of her, too.  I was glad she was so successful.  I was also glad she had found what made her happy because she didn't seem very happy when she was in Madisonville.  But mainly I liked how proud the dad was of his daughter.  Funny how we grow up and forget those things we used to really bother us.  I guess that is where the term "mature" really kicks in and shows up.  I like the old addage, "live and let live."