Monday, May 18, 2020

To The Class Of 2020 by BJ Neblett

To The Class Of 2020
BJ Neblett
© 2020

I am just a humble writer of words who once observed that, “The two greatest assets a writer can have are an unbridled imagination and to have lived an unabashed life.”1 Simplicity in itself for those existing within the hallowed pages of the world’s next great novel. But what about the rest of us? Especially those of you about to take your first tentative steps out of the shadows of innocence and into the white light of reality? Let us amend our writing analogy to focus on living in this very real, sometimes scary, and often confusing world. “The two greatest assets we are afforded in this life are observation and experience.” Observation is knowledge, the building blocks of understanding. Experience is power, the sturdy foundation on which we build our lives. Always remember that, “We are the sum total of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river, those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.”2

 1 From All The Wrong Places by BJ Neblett
 2 From George by BJ Neblett  

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