Saturday, September 20, 2008

9 X 3 = ....

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.

7 comments:

achali said...

really like that way of looking at it... nine for the third time.

-b

Mathew said...

Yea man. I have thought of another way of processing life after high school or college. Its looking at things in a sense of time and looking at things in a sequential progression of shat should be taking place according to planning time and my execution. Its a theory I have developed that is based on the academic system we have been put through in America. Its interesting. The phases and graduations.

Anonymous said...

hey Mathew,

What you've expressed here today is a reflection of your beautiful mind. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You are right on when you said, at 9x3 (=27 not 25...lol) you've learned enough to carry on. In spite of the fact that you've accomplished so much so far, it's still only the beginning of an amazing live to be lived w/awareness and happiness.

W.L...
Tenzin

Chesay said...

Wonderfully expressed and very insightful. You are a brilliant writer. I look forward to reading your next post.

C

Anonymous said...

My mom once told me, "Your twenties are hard. Your thirties are for learning. And in your forties you get to enjoy life." She has not yet reached her fifties, but I'm interested in hearing what she has to say. Nonetheless, what I understand from her, is that life is always about progression. Even at 9x3 you are a far ways off from the end. If you felt reborn at 25, just imagine how you'll feel at 9x4, or 5, or 6. Imagine all things we have yet to learn and process in our "hard" stage in life. "It takes time to be whole. Process, discipline."


-T

Mathew said...

I agree that the 20's are hard

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The twenties are also a time of learning lots of learning the hard way it seems at times.I think my thirties will be interesting to say the least! I look forward to my future. Just trying to get better one week at a time.

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful and well spoken.I agree that your twenties are hard.Hard because it's a time when you are really defining who you are now as well as building for the future.I am very proud of the man you've become.Didn't know you were such a great writer,very articulate and interesting.