Well it looks like I have reached another milestone in my life. This past weekend my high school classmates and I met for our 35th class reunion. Not many classmates showed up to celebrate in fact less than 10% of the class, but I was happy to be counted in that number. Everybody looked great! In fact everyone that came appeared to be living happy and blessed lives. Wow, 35 years ago I graduated from high school!
My high school BFF brought along her senior memory book and our yearbook from our graduation year. What memories we have of our years in high school. I looked at the page that had been reserved for me as her best friend in both her memory book and her yearbook. I guess that's when my writing career began when I wrote two, completely full, jam packed pages full of our crazy memories from high school in her yearbook. In fact we had four years full of incredible memories. She had even saved a letter I wrote to her our freshman year in college when I was in Maryland and she was in Houston, Texas. We were still plotting and we were trying to figure out how we were going to visit each other with no money. She was the lucky one because her mom worked for American Airlines and she had a pass.
In my own memory book, I had predicted my future. According to my book, I was supposed to be married to a guy named Gerald and have two boys Gerald and Gerrell. Instead I married and divorced the same guy twice, had two children and then went on to marry a man named Bobby with six children. I guess I was a little off huh?
I had written down other milestones that I had hoped to achieve. Had I achieved many of my hopes and dreams? Yes I went on to college, graduated and even got the masters degree I desired. I got married and gave birth to two children. I got a job after college and have a wonderful career. My goal was to make more money than my parents did. I even achieved another milestone by writing a book.
Well, I guess I am not too far off of my life plan. What about you? Have you achieved the milestones and goals you set for yourself? If not focus on your future and make plans to achieve new goals. Nowadays people are making bucket lists. What's on your bucket list? My daughter had a summer bucket list and asked me what was on mine. I thought about it for a while and decided to make my own. The first thing on my bucket list is to publish a minimum of two more books. Halfway there check! Other major items on my list include: traveling to Italy, being a really cool grandma, and running a marathon. Well, I gotta go and get busy working on mine! To the class of 79, may all your dreams come true! See ya in 5!
Are you living your dream? Do you remember what your dream is? My husband and I were sitting in a restaurant in Oklahoma the other night trying to find something on the menu that worked for our fast, when we were approached by a nice lady. The restaurant was featuring a local jazz singer and our table visitor wanted to hear the singer from our side of the room. We engaged in a conversation with her and shared that we live in the Kansas City area, but I was borned a raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She was excited to hear that I had graduated from "world famous" Booker T. Washington High School and informed me that the singer had attended the same high school, but was about five years younger than me. She left our table and mentioned to the performer our commonalities. She waved and we waved back. Later on during a break, the singer came over to introduce herself indicating her brother grraduated in my class. I immediately knew the family and inquired how the brother was doing. Then I remembered that their mother had been my favorite literary/english teacher.
My mind went back to high school where Mrs. Ungerman had read my first short story entitled "My Fishing Trip", later retitled "Falling in the Water," and strongly encouraged me to think about writing someday. Now I remember, she was the first one to plant the seed in me to become a writer someday. This dream has remained tucked deep in my heart since she first inspired me. I then wanted to share the news with Mrs. Ungerman that I had published my first book, only to learn that she passed away several years ago. I was saddened that I could not thank her personally for inspiring me.
Who has planted the seeds for your dream? Whether or not you have achieved your dream, take the time to thank those who have encouraged and inspired you to be the best you can be. It may be a parent, a sibling, a teacher, a minister, church member, a classmate, a friend or a step-parent. Whatever you do, don't miss the opportunity to share with your dream planters how they have made a difference in your life. Do it today!
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach