This weekend I am traveling to Atlanta for a business trip and will meet up with some friends and family I haven't seen in a while. By a while I mean 20 years. When I really stop to think about it I get overwhelmed. First I am going to see my Aunt & Uncle and their two boys; Adam and Kyle. The last time I saw Adam he was a toddler. Now he is 20 and recently returned from a tour in Iraq. I've never met Kyle. Well, we're friends on Facebook, but that doesn't count.
I'm also going to meet up with my friend Liz who I haven't seen since high school. This was 1992. She is now a mom and somewhat responsible adult (he he). Finally, if I get time, I am going to meet with my friend Kristen who I haven't seen since 8th grade graduation in 1988. She and her twin sister went to a Catholic high school and their family moved out of our hometown.
It really doesn't seem like that much time has passed, but it has and serves as a reminder of how quickly it can. Carpe diem, live every day to it's fullest, etc...all these common phrases (albeit some older than others) are words to live by. I don't want another twenty years to pass without having something to show for it.
Over the past two months my commitment to my writing has waned. My goal of writing 1,000 words a night, five nights a week hasn't been achieved in some time. Tonight I am renewing my commitment and pushing my inner slacker. Twenty years from now I want to look back and be proud of my accomplishments and know that I fought hard for my dreams. I am also vowing to not let another twenty years pass between visits with family and friends, they are the true riches in life.