I never thought I'd say that Dr. Seuss is able to express things better than I am. Don't get me wrong. I love his books, but they weren't exactly created for clarity. Simplicity definitely, but that's not the same thing.
Anyway, today was the day that Dr. Seuss gave me words [Thanks!] See what happened was my friend Ammon is leaving for him mission soon and he said, "Oh the things that I will miss..."
For some reason that instantly brought to mind Dr. Seuss's "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" It seemed to apply in his situation, or at least that one line did, but then as I read it through I realized it's just generally a great poem to get me through what I am going through. Hello! College 2,000 miles from my family is not a small step. I love them (and am anxiously looking forward to Saturday when I get to be back with them again.)
So, to me this poem/ book/ story/ whatever you want to call it is about my growing up story right now.
Thanks Dr. Seuss. How did you know?
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
by the incomparable Dr. Seuss
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.
Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
[And then some of the less clear stuff. Basically it's about those Bang-ups and Hang-ups.]
No! That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you.
Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
[And then some more stuff ]
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!
[blah blah blah. I promise it's good, just not the point I'm going for.]
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
p.s. If anybody happens to find this book and wants to pick it up for me I am more than willing to pay you back.