Hell of a Guy
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it - Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Thoughts on 2015


I suppose like many of you, thoughts of what 2015 might be came to mind last night as counted down the minutes left in 2014 and welcomed in the new one.  As I awoke this morning, my mind, again, drifted to the New Year and what it might become.

One thing stands out to me, and this is not a new thought, but one I have visited many times over the past few years.  I do not recall when this first hit me, every time I see a newborn or a very small child I think of it, and I have enjoyed sharing it with their parents.

Generally, I ask the parents if they have given any thought to the very distinct possibility their child will see the turn of the next century, the year 2100.  Think about the things these children will see, the innovations in technology and medicine, over their lifetime, to name a couple.  One thing I am very sure of, these children will see humankind’s first visit to Mars, slated to occur sometime within the next 20 years.  If I am lucky, I may see that one, too, but, not to be morbid, as I approach my 71st birthday, I know my birthdays are numbered, and that is okay. 

I have had a great run and witnessed much in my lifetime.  The atomic age hatched in the 40s, the space age in the 50s. Advance in medicine overcame the rampant Polio outbreak.  We saw men land on the moon in the 60s, and witnessed success and failure in this country’s space program.  A president of this country resigned, a first, while another president was assassinated, his assassin murdered on TV.  We lived through a horrible terrorist attack in New York City, and two of the longest wars in US history.  The country elected its first African-American president.  I think the good far and away has outdone the bad over the past 70 years of my lifetime.

To me, the future looks great.  I pray the human race will get its act together and realize we are all in this together…we are irrevocably connected to one another – one planet, one people.

While I am satisfied with the life I have had, I am envious of these kids born today and what they will get to experience. 
I have said this before, so forgive me if you have read this a thousand times or two.  Should my life end tomorrow, please know, I have had a great ride. If I could go back and live it all over again, I would do it not change a single thing.

And that is all I have to say about..