In my post ‘The ball is rolling’, I wrote the following –
As you know, several garage sales took place last year and additional ones are on the calendar for March. With downsizing from a 3,800 sq. ft. home to a smaller one comes downsizing furniture and possessions.
In today’s post I write the following –
Part of the downsizing taking place is opening boxes in our upstairs storage and going through possessions of long ago. Some of these possessions I have not viewed in many, many years. Some items will need to be discarded, as they hold no value as a keepsake. Other items will be kept a little longer until another day arrives that I will need to find a home for them, whether that be giving to my sons or the trash. I realize it is difficult to just throw items and memories of long ago away, but not everything can be kept forever.
One item I came across was a book titled ‘memories’, I received specially for my high school senior year to record ideas, impressions, opinions, thoughts and comments. This book includes personal data; including my senior picture, high school data, senior class data, class schedule, faculty information, clubs – activities – organizations; you get the idea.
I graduated high school in 1979 at the age of 19. I married my high school sweetheart at age 18, therefore I was married my senior year of high school.
One of the pages in this ‘memories’ book is titled ‘the future’; I want to share with you what I wrote my senior year about what I thought my future would be.
After I graduate I plan to go to night school and take Real Estate courses that I need to sell real estate. That summer I am also going to work in the day time for my father until I receive my real estate license. Once I received my license I will be working for my father at his real estate agency. After I have worked there for about a year my wife and I are going to have a child and start a family and will probably make real estate my career. I want to have three kids and I have plans for a big house and hope someday that this dream will come true. In a couple of years I will buy a new car, a Lincoln Continental; yellow and brown with a T-top and every extra thing I can get on it. Hopefully this dream will come true also.
I laugh when I read what I wrote back in 1979 as most of this never came to be.
I do have my three kids and I do have a big house, but the kids never grew up in the big house and I never had that Lincoln Continental, but instead a pickup truck. I never received a real estate license and instead worked for many years in the IT industry.
The future I envisioned would soon be replaced with a major depression, attempted suicides and divorce.