I dropped by my sister’s house last week to visit with her kids. I had just learned about my acceptance to grad school, to the Master of Arts in Cinema Television: Scriptwriting program. I was elated! I was nervous. The school is in Virginia; I live in Ohio. My mind was preoccupied with finding a job, a place to live, and figuring out how to pay for school in the next nine weeks before classes start. On the living room floor of my sister’s house was a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go, my favorite of his books. I sat my niece down in my lap and asked her to read it to me.
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where you go.”
As she read the words written over 50 years ago in her sweet, child’s voice, I was reminded that life is not safe, it is not easy, it is not guaranteed a certain number of years, but it is the greatest adventure. And as dangerous as it is, as narrow the path, as unsure the footing, as dark the skies, I would not trade a day of it, future or past. Obstacles hurdled are medals pinned to my chest. Obstructions ahead are trophies waiting to adorn my mantel. I will go to Virginia. And I will thrive.