Every now and then I get a request from someone who asks if I would be interested in letting them guest blog. Here is just a little background info on this guest blogger who I am excited to have! Adrian and I were in the same recruiting class at Texas Tech. We got to know each other then, and in the best way possible, by the grace of God years later we are both two very different individuals than what we once were. Adrian and I lost contact, and hadn’t spoke in a few years until he emailed me letting me know he was proud of what I had been up to and that he enjoyed my blog. He told me that I inspired him. When he told me that it meant a tremendous amount to me. I would like to think that my goal in life is to inspire. But this meant even more than it usually does because Adrian new the old me. He didn’t know the nice, creative, inspiring Baron that most of you would say I am. He knew the old me. He knew the punk kid with a short temper that enjoyed fighting. He knew me when I was drunk out of my mind acting wild as ever, and heck he was even there with me most of those nights! Needless to say we have both grown up a tremendous amount since then. So when Adrian let me know that I inspire him it meant a lot, because he is one of the few people that have seen me grow the most. 7 years ago I never would have imagined that he would be guest blogging for me or that I would even have a blog. Pretty funny how things change! So I hope you guys enjoy Adrian’s post as much as I did reading it. Appreciate you reaching out man!
You inspire me.
By: Adrian Reese
A ‘first’ is something that is treasured and rarely forgotten. Whether it be a first date, a first kiss, or a first love. All are special in their own way. The reason may be because of the uniqueness of the situation, or the simple fact that it’s an experience that you’ve never encountered before. The emotions involved in our ‘firsts’ are also unforgettable. The way that we felt at that particular moment is probably more memorable than the actual event itself. However, not all of the emotions from those experiences are feelings of joy. There are also some firsts that were unpleasant in our lives. The first time we got punched in the nose, our first broken bone, or even our first heartbreak. Whether happy or sad, the first time something happens is significant in its own way. It sticks with you throughout time.
You tend to remember every detail of a first time regardless of the number of years that past by. It’s something that’s not easily forgotten. I remember several first time events that took place in my life. I’ve had many joyous occasions but it seems that the unpleasant ‘firsts’ resonate with me more than the pleasant ones.
Like the first time I broke my foot, or the first time I experienced losing a big-time game. Or, even the first time that my heart was broken. I can remember the most minute details from those events. Why is that? Is it because we learn more from a defeat than we do from a victory. Could it be that experiencing continual joy and pleasure makes us careless while; on the other hand, enduring pain and trials makes us more careful? With every experience comes a lesson to be learned. It’s very seldom that we immediately know what that lesson is. But there is a lesson.
One of the main lessons that I’ve learned from my years on this earth is that with every ‘first’ there comes a ‘last.’ The last time that we experience something is also unforgettable. A ‘last kiss’ shared with the person who has your heart. The ‘last day’ on a job where we’ve worked for years, or the ‘last time’ you saw a loved one before they passed away. They’re all memorable in their own right.
The crazy thing is that in most cases, we really don’t know exactly when the last time will be. Sure, all is well in the relationship right now, or, we’ve put in our two-week notice at work with the final date in mind. We say, “See you later,” to that loved one expecting to see them tomorrow. But who can say for sure what tomorrow holds?
There are two days out of the year that we have absolutely no control over; yesterday and tomorrow. We can’t change the past, but we can learn from it. We can’t prolong tomorrow’s arrival, but we can prepare for it.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” This quote is telling us to make the most of each day and to absorb all the knowledge that we can. Learn from our mistakes in the past while failing not to enjoy the pleasures of the present time. Each moment is special. Every breath is unique. And every breath counts.
Don’t procrastinate in living life to the fullest. Time is non-refundable, which means that you can never get it back. It’s of extreme value but yet it’s used without thought. Time is wasted now more than it is spent. To waste is to use carelessly, or to no purpose. But the word spend is primarily associated with something gained in return. Don’t waste your time on people or things that aren’t worth it. Spend it doing what you love and with the ones that you love because the emotional gain is priceless.
Speak softly, but live out loud. Breathe easy, but love hard. Inhale the joy that life brings, and exhale the sorrow that tags along. Forgive quickly and you slowly will understand that with only this one life to live, WE MUST SIEZE THE DAY!