I got to thinking today as we drove north on I-95. About how different our wants, needs and goals are now from what they were when we were youngsters.
The first thing I thought about was:
When I was a teenager, my goal was the wear a cap and gown and sit and listen to a commencement speaker. That would mean I just reached a milestone in life. Graduation.
Years later I wanted something very different, but closely related to the former wish. I envisioned myself being asked to give a commencement address. To face the other way. To look out at the faces of those grads wrapped in their gowns.
I graduated from high school. Mission accomplished. I have given a commencement address at the high school from which I graduated. Mission accomplished.
The road was long. The ride was uneventful. I kept think...
About how our goals now are so, so different from what they were then.
When I was young, I hoped to get to " The Continent. " ON continent. I did. Lived in England for two years. That was then. Now?
I hope I'm never incontinent.
When I was young. 16. I couldn't wait to get those car keys. That was then. Now?
I can't stand FORgetting where those &^%&* car keys are.
When I was young, I worried about forgetting my girlfriend's birthday. Now I worry about forgetting my wife's name.
Maybe you can add to this list.