Milestones are a great invention of mankind. They tell us where we're going, even when we don't know where we're going.
I find myself at such a cross road today. My daughter just turned 21, finishing college with an eye on Grad school. My son just graduated high school last night and is 3 weeks away from plunging head on into the Army. I'm still 2 months away from my first anniversary of breaking my back in the "Great Louisiana Car Crash of '07", and 4 months away from my first anniversary of my new business. I turn 51 this Friday and my 24th wedding anniversary is 2 days after our son leaves for Basic Training. It's a good thing that I have these Milestones to hang onto, or I just might be blown away.
Our, should I just let go and be blown away? The answer my friend, to quote Bob Dylon, is blowin' in the wind. I recall when I turned 21 thirty years ago, I wrote a song titled 21 and the chorus was,
Riding the sky with the evening sun
Dance with the moon
We'll be too old too soon
Old child, new man begun
These past 30 years I have discovered that the old child never disappears and the new man is always beginning!
In uncertain times perhaps embracing uncertainty is just what the Divine ordered. Too often we let our milestones become millstones hanging around our necks and drowning us in our own sorrows, cares of the day and other peoples advice on what we should do.
It's a fine line between inaction, which breeds despair, and unceasing action, which propels us towards burn out. It's OK just to BE! Trust in the wind and where it blows you and soon you will trust in yourself and your destiny again.
So, my fellow Knights and Ladies, as I hoist my sail once again in these tempest winds, join me in a hearty battle cry as I sail off into the unknown...confident that I will be where I'm supposed to be.
Sir Hook the Pirate Captain and Milestone Reader of Warrick