Hell of a Guy

Life Comes at You Fast…


You have all probably seen the series of commercials on TV with the tag line “Life Comes at You Fast.”  Well, ain’t it the truth?

A friend called me and told me about a handsome, young friend of his, a bank teller in New Mexico.  This particular young man at age twenty-three worked his way through college with an impressive 3+ GPA, his dream, to go further with his education and a goal of getting certification as a physical therapist.  As with a lot of people he got it in his head he would not be able to do it – you know, money, circumstances, the load of “what ifs,” “I can’ts” and “maybes.”

My friend – in fact one of the best, if not the best – doesn’t quite look at life that way.  For him, it’s Katie bar the door, full speed ahead; take no prisoners, no getting off the train until the last stop in Brooklyn.  There is no “surrender” in my bud’s vocabulary.  He knew if the young man really wanted to go further, he could do it.  My friend found the young man a school offering the program he wanted to attend, but in Nevada, not New Mexico.  With a gentle push my friend inspired the young man to apply to this school.  He did and was he accepted, and he was given the chance to go on a scholarship.  The young man’s life was falling into place.  Could it be any better than this?

This young man had grown up on a tough road.  Life comes at you fast, but it isn’t always great and it isn’t always easy.  This kid had it stacked against him from the beginning, but it did not stop him from aspiring to be something.  He worked hard to rise above his humble beginnings and have the future the American Dream promises is available to anyone willing to work for it.  My friend is proud of what this young man accomplished, and was willing to give support to this young man to get to the top, to realize his dream.

Life comes at you fast!  Never lose sight of that.  One never knows what lay ahead.  In cosmic time we are but here for a very brief time.  Life is tenuous at best.  We live never knowing when the thread of life will come to its end or snap.  Life comes at you fast!  Live it now.  Don’t hang back there somewhere…forget what happened yesterday and live for today, in the “now.”  This young man, so full of promise, was thrown from a moving car and his young life ended.  How very sad.  Life came at him fast.

And that is all I have to say about that…

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