It sure is hard to believe that I am now 70 years old. It just doesn’t seem possible that the years have gone by so fast. It seems like only yesterday that I was running around the house as a little kid.
It is now that I often look back over my life and think maybe I should have done this or that different. I was a good kid in school but I never applied myself like I should have. If I had it to do over again I would take school much more seriously. It is hard to realize it when you are young, but a good education is very important. I was an average student, but I wish I could go back in time and make a better choice.
I worked in manufacturing for 30 years. I made a good living and worked on manufacturing parts for things such as the space shuttle, missile launchers on nuclear submarines, hoists for shrimp boats. My greatest achievement was developing a riveting process to fasten a contact to a part that the company was unable to do for 30 years. It made me feel proud. When I was a kid I wanted to be a forest ranger and then a meteorologist. If I had it to do over again I would have pursued one of those careers. I think many children end up working at the same things their father did. That was the case with me. If I can give advice, I would say to children do what you want to do. It is your life.
I spent four years in the U.S. Air Force. I was an aircraft mechanic and a crew chief. I love airplanes and often regret not reenlisting in the service. It is kind of a double mistake for me. When I got out I could have learned flying at the local airport and I turned it down. If I could go back in time, I would learn how to fly. I often think that I made a bad choice by turning it down.
I have been an avid reader ever since I can remember. Since I didn’t apply myself in school as much as I should have I think it kept me from writing until I got older. I love to tell stories and if I could turn back the clock I would have started writing when I was a teenager instead of waiting until I was 60 years old. What would have happened if I had started writing earlier in life?
Choices, it is all about choices. As you near graduation from high school remember it is your life. The important thing to do is do what makes you happy. You will have a long time working until you retire. As funny as it sounds I had jobs that paid very well and I had jobs that didn’t pay as much. The jobs that paid the least I was the happiest and enjoyed the most.
We can never go back in time, but we can make better choices when we have the opportunity to make them. You may think that I regret my life choices, but actually, I don’t. I feel proud of the way my life has gone.
© 2017 Larry W Fish