Nine for the third time. Many have heard that life goes by fast. Most don't consider how fast that really is until they are in the latter years of being somewhat young or maybe later. Nine for the third time... What does that mean what is it about? A sequence of numbers? No, its more or less about a chronological progression of life. Its been interesting thus far. The first time I was nine I was all about cartoons, playing outside, KoolAid, Nintendo, Cereal, Saturday morning cartoons, and sitting in church with a very small understanding of what it was all about. The second time I turned nine, I was all go about football, graduating high school, getting the money I could get for working part-time at all the pretty ladies I was meeting and had yet to meet, looking forward to college, my perception of the world was still untainted by life. The third time I turned nine... :-) Well, I graduated from undergrad a little bit ago, worked a few salaried jobs, politely excused a lot of people from my life, invited a small number of people into my life, Learned how to appreciate the low maintenance people in my life who just found there place in my life and I in theirs without all the highs and lows..., I have traveled across the united states been to a few other countries, been on a cruise, went on a few mission trips, went, skydiving, taken time to listen to God's direction for me, Ran my way to being a three time All-American at 400m, Learned more patience for that which I don't understand, Learned that everyone is not gonna like you or want to see you do well, Learned the value of loving myself no matter what happens, I have watched the people across the world respond to numerous conflicts as well as create new ones to take the place of old ones. Its interesting to me that as much as we know we are unable to accurately address similar problems across cultures. Its interesting to me how alike people are and how different we would like to believe we are from everyone else. I have had the chance to touch and change many peoples lives through my vocation, I have enjoyed learning some lessons were harder to accept than others yet, all necessary for growth.
Its interesting what a person learns as they grow. At 25 it was like I was a new born. I know why people used to say "Oh, you still just a baby." In my head I was like man whatever I was a baby a long time ago. After turning twenty five I felt like I was now given the basics I needed to know to begin living life with enough information to be healthy, happy, and make choices that lead me where I wanna go. Its funny that I was right about having enough to begin and I have kept seeking new information to help me continue. There is so much to know and experience. So much life to live and I look forward to the journey I am on. Its a good one.