Spending the last couple months coaching my old high school baseball team, it naturally got me thinking about my days back in high school, and of course it led me to pick up my high school yearbook and thumb through the pages.
When I think of myself in high school I tend to think of someone who was extremely naive and not totally locked in. I discovered something kind of surprising and awesome, though, when I looked at my yearbook page. In addition to the very tasteful appreciation I expressed for parents, teachers, and friends, here are the 3 quotes I included on my page:
"I'm always interested in a challenge ... It's hard work. You've got to have a plan and you've got to follow it. If [you] do that, nothing's impossible." - Bill Fitch
"Look back, and smile at the perils past." - Walter Scott
"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Of course I picked those quotes out of some kind of quote book or something, and immediately forgot them as soon as I had chosen them. But honestly, I'm floored by how completely those three quotes reflect my current outlook on life. Clearly I knew what was up even back then.
The lesson here? I am and have always been the man. I'm The Natural!