As the years pass I become painstakingly aware of certain things. It just so happens that this is what has recently became clear to me. Please if you or a family or friend feel lost, I urge you to take the moment to actually READ this and not discard this as something that should be taken lightly.
The Path Less Taken
You see over the years I have been what people needed at any given time. I have gone to extreme lengths to be available to any and all that have crossed my path. I have done this in more roles than I care to count, or even remember, but for this exercise let me at least use a few as example’s to give you a grasp on the spectrum in which I gravitate and a glimpse into the way in which my mind works.
Over the years I have been an addict, because life at the time was not the same to me as it is now. Addicts never recover and that is something that ANYONE who has dealt with should know. My addict in me led me to do bad things to good people for NO reason. It is through that in which the bonds of my loyalty were eventually forged.
Through the destruction that I caused I saw a new vision of people spring forth and in that I took out the role of a friend. Now to some that doesn’t seem like much, but to me a friend is someone who can at times take even more precedent than your family which is of the same bloodline. They are the rocks with which one builds their legacy, the anchor that tethers you to reality, and the faith that inspires you to move mountains.
From those friends I realize now that their devotion and imagination, their spirit and their strength are the reason that the call of a new role came. The role of a builder. The role of the builder is something that can never be taken lightly because it is the one that ties life and security around both your family and friends. By building those bonds of loyalty that no man can shake you and your friends build something even more beautiful than a sunrise over the Arctic. You build a dream, and yes dreams are built. Sometimes the dreams that you build are the path into the future. They are the reason that we hope and the cornerstone of our existence.
As time passes on you realize that the time and role of builder may never end, but in that you find you become the teacher. The role of teacher is the one that most people forget the most. As adults either parents or not, it is that role that we should accept and pursue with a sanctity to rival that of the Vatican. As a teacher we are afforded the privilege of helping to shape the next generation that will in turn take our places and continue on in life. It is the role of teacher that eventually leads us to what most people today have forgotten, that is our Legacy.
You see, your legacy is all you have in the end. You can’t take it with you, it’s not something that you can buy or sell. In the end your legacy becomes a living and breathing declaration of who you were. It becomes something more powerful than a tidal wave and stronger than the rock of Gibraltar. It is eternal, and won’t tarnish if you have gotten it freely.
Sadness And A Word Of Advice
People you can’t possibly know the sadness that I feel for the world most days. There are times when the weight of this world seems to be overbearing and it feels as if it will crush me into a powder. There are times when that sadness rips through me and is colder than the bitter north winds. These are the times that I have to pull up my boot straps, and march forward. These are the days that I have to remind myself that standing tall for yet one more day may be the reason the world has another builder. These are the days that are the hardest and the light of the world seems like it’s been extinguished. Those are the days when you don’t hear from me, and the days when there is no smile to dance on my face.
They are the days that I realize who my friends are and aren’t and mourn for the people that I lost along this path. They are the days when a kind word helps me stand up again. Now I don’t want anyone to think that I am upset over it, I know that our times are short and there are so many things to cram into our days anymore so I will leave on this note. Remember who your friends are, stay true to your roles, and if one of you falls stop and help them up because they need you as much as you need them. Even when they don’t know it.