Oh the Places You’ll Go

Upon graduting high school I was gifted the book Oh the Places you will Go by Dr. Seuss. At age 17 I thought I was done with childrens books; however this message stuck.

You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting.

You can have the greatest intentions in the world but you can’t do anything if you’re just waiting. It is a slump that is so easy to fall into. I have fallen into this trap many times. If you get stuck in this sometimes-very-deep-hole, realize that time is precious and the best time is always now. Tomorrow is never guaranteed. So remember this:

Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.

So what is your Great Balancing Act? Where are you going? Hopefully somewhere where you can experience moments that you might have only imagined. That’s my plan. What is yours?


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4 responses to “Oh the Places You’ll Go

  1. Pingback: Food for Thought | Seasoned With Youth

  2. Sylvia

    I love that you posted this. They read it at my 8th grade graduation and I’m going to have to reread it now because the excepts you posted are so lovely. thanks for sharing!

    i wander, i wonder

  3. Your blog is absolutely beautiful, you should be very proud of your work.


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