Friday, May 10, 2013

The One and Only Meeting of the Twain

This morning on the Boulder, Colorado campus of the University of Colorado Commencement exercises shall take place.  The Class of 2013 shall have its one, shining moment prior to passing through the looking glass from student to alumni.   Twenty-four years ago, my roommate Alex Schreiber and I were part of the Class of 1989.  On May's second Friday that year, which happened to be the 12th, Schneedz and I were part of '89's one, shining moment.  Truth be told, we were both so hamstrung by the effects of the night before's festivities that to the extent that the moment "shone", we combated it by wearing our dark sunglasses, which ably worked to both lessen the direct exposure to the light and to keep our classmates from seeing our bloodshot eyes.  

A lot of water has passed 'neath the bow of Alex's boat - and of mine too - in the past quarter-century.  Not all of the sailing has been smooth.  It has however been an interesting trip so far.  For those preparing to leave the cocoon of Boulder this morning I hope that wherever their voyage takes them that the trip is indeed an interesting one....

“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Sage advice indeed.  Considering that Mark Twain was a pretty sagacious fellow, did you expect anything less?  

-AK 




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