Looking down the road what do you see? I’m not talking about actually looking down the street although it’s a good idea to look both ways before crossing the street and once you cross the street and come to that fork in the road which way do you go?
Yes I know that was quite a ramble but I was thinking about myself way back when I first cut out on my own so to say, you all remember back when we thought we had the world by the tail and knew exactly where we were going and what we were going to become, how many of us actually knew as much as we thought we did then?
When I graduated high school I was working at a grocery store in the meat market, the first thing I was going to do was drive up to Hinkle’s Jeep Sales in Pickens, SC and buy myself a Jeep, I always wanted a Jeep and just knew I’d look good in one, I went to work as a laborer at a construction company and with the extra money I was making I’d have the Jeep real soon.
Well as most of you have figured out I never bought that Jeep, I took a road trip away from my home and ended up married and having kids, you know the old saying “Life Happens” and it was happening to me, now I had to be responsible and take care of my family, I got myself a good job and began paying into a retirement account which I forgot about because it was taken out of my check before I got it. Looking down the road at that time I knew that my future was secure with my family and job, I would work as long as I could and make a fortune in my career.
Life Happens and my marriage ended, the only thing salvaged from this little part of my life was my retirement account which I felt was worth fighting for because I had paid into it for so long, Looking down the road now I figured I had nothing to lose so I turned the page and locked the door closing myself into an empty apartment, my family was now gone and nothing I could do would ever change that because in a nutshell I was now alone, far from home.
Looking Down the road I had many plans and very few of them came to pass, I had a good friend who would continue to poke at me giving me a hard time which got me through this hard time, I never knew that this good friend would be the next chapter in my life, most of you already know where this is going don’t ya.
Life Happens and Cindy became a big part of my life, Looking Down the road we had big plans and even though they have not all come to pass we have endured a lot of hard times which has never driven a stake between us but rather has driven us closer together, Looking down the road I planned now to retire at 55 and ride my Motorcycle to South Carolina, Life Happens and I had some medical issues which forced me to retire at 42 and Cindy to trade my bike for a Ford Taurus, the Taurus became a mini van and biking down the road went away just like my plans for a Jeep did, sometimes life may throw you a curve ball or two and even though they may be hard to hit, these curve balls are hittable if you change your swing a bit.
Looking down the road now I look forward to sitting on the porch and throwing beer cans at the grandkids, OK no beer cans that was just a joke, seriously my future is now secure because I am at home with Cindy no matter where we are, and with her I want to sit back on the porch and enjoy the laughter and joy that these grandbabies will be bringing to us, we have one grandbaby right now and God only knows how many more are to come but looking down the road I see a life of happiness because Looking back I made a few wise decisions that have made me a happy man.
Wonder if Cindy wants to go look at Jeeps?