“Wish I could go back in time. I’d have gone D-I. Booze got the best of me. Man, I coulda. Man, I shoulda. Wish I could go back.”
If you are a Frankie Sinatra fan, the title of today’s entry should sound familiar to you.
As a Junior College basketball coach, I am always preaching to my guys not to have any regrets in life or on the basketball court. The opportunity presented to them is unbelievable!
As I look back at my younger days growing up on 9th avenue, I’ve often thought about how different things would be for me today if I made a different decision?
Don’t get me wrong, I really don’t have many regrets, they’ve actually been dwindled or I just don’t think about them anymore.
The choices you make today will have an effect on your future (that sounds so simple, right?) Then why is it we all make bad decisions? Especially as youngsters?
This morning my wife wanted my daughter to wear these very nice shoes she purchased for her (they were pretty expensive) but Taylor refused instead, opting to wear some old, worn-out black shoes that looked like something out of ‘The Junk-Shop‘. (Do you recall that consignment shop on 5th avenue?)
My wife and I didn’t fight her on this…
Now, I understand this decision by Taylor is trivial and will not have an effect on her but what is it about kids thinking they have all the answers?
I actually thought I knew everything as a 15 year-old! (Boy was I wrong).
For many years my biggest regret was dropping out of school after a couple of weeks.
I hated it!
The teachers annoyed me, getting up early bugged me, so I was like, LATER FOR THIS SCHOOL SHIT!
Through the years, lingering in the back of my mind, I regretted not going to school. It ate away at me. It effected other parts of my life. One day the switch went on in my head, “I better do something about my education before it gets too late!”
Long story short, (Thank you if you are still reading) I took the General Equivalency Diploma exam, passed, enrolled in college and at 39 years old I was the proud owner of a B.A. Degree from Central Michigan University.
The classroom experience was enlightening. It was also very beneficial to not only my I.Q. but my E.Q. The lectures by the professors were refreshing and of course highly educational. I finally realized there is more to life than basketball!
Being in a classroom 15 years older than my classmates at times was a bit embarrassing not to mention awkward. (My first few days I wore a baseball cap to hide my receding hairline) But the day I walked down that aisle after hearing my name announced was one of the proudest moments of my life.
Graduation Day in May of 2003 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan eliminated one of the biggest regrets in my life.
A wise old man once told me, ‘Steve, you learn in your 20’s, but earn in your 30’s’! Boy was he right…