Back in the Dark Ages of circa 1974, I was a Liberal Arts major at Santa Monica City College. One of the required classes was “Speech.”
I don’t remember much about it except that I didn’t really like it. Oh, and the teacher had red hair and one time she wrote a critique on one of my papers — “OPEN YOUR MOUTH” — in huge red letters.
But there is one particular memory of that seemingly endless semester of classes that I still recall.
One of the assigned topics was to write about what our goals were for each of our lives. It was sort of like the “What do you want to be when you grow up?” speech.
I remember one guy who brought his 35mm SLR FILM camera to class who spoke somewhat passionately about wanting to be a photographer. And…that’s the only specific topic I recall — I don’t even remember what I talked about. Perhaps I was speechless!
Anyway, there is this other thing I’ve never forgotten about that particular assignment. Many of the guys and gals who got up to speak said that their main goal in life was to be…happy.
Well, being 19 and knowing everything of course, I thought to myself, “Crikeys, that is the dumbest, most unoriginal goal I have ever heard in my life.” How boring! I figured that those literary losers probably got C and Ds on those babies.
Okay, so fast-forward (yikes!) 36 years and, well, maybe you can already see where this is going….
36 years later, I know for sure that I don’t know everything. And all of the struggles, joys, pains, laughs, tears of living through those nearly 40 years has brought me to a wise and humble place. Those long-ago classmates of mine were right. And they each should have gotten As on their papers.
And I hope they ARE happy wherever they may be.
So what do I want for 2011 and for the rest of my life?
Happiness…for me, my family, my cats and my friends.
May everyone who reads this have a blessed and HAPPY 2011….
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