We will move Gavin into the dorm next week. The included amenities in the new student housing are unbelievable. The university motivates students to cram four years into five. While dinner conversation was on deer season last night I know Gavin’s excitement is ramping up to begin college.
Thinking back to my frame of mind entering freshman year, good Lord, I hope Gavin is much more mature than I was. The cruelest irony of growing up is how young adults make the most life altering decisions in the next several years while possessing the least experience and wisdom. When in my youth this gave me an adrenaline rush, but as a parent I get the heebee geebees thinking of the obstacles life has in store for our children.
Regardless of age, if you’re going to expend energy put forth your best effort and make it count. I am not into making a mark or leaving a legacy, because we all will be forgotten in a few generations. There was a gift wrapped inside an ALS diagnosis at 26 and that was the keen appreciation of time. I am not advising everyone to live waiting for the other shoe to fall, but get on with life and make your days full. I cannot imagine anything worse than lying on my death bed and realizing I did not do all I could to live as full as possible.
Realize dreams, achieve goals, get busy! Gavin, I wish you blinders to anything that distracts from your ultimate achievement. Good luck Son, I love you! Thanks for reading. Have a great day! dj