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9 Apr

Robert E. Wronski, Jr.

I could fill a multiverse with the alternate realities that could have been had I made different decisions.  But were I to look back, I could see that even bad decisions in the moment may have prevented me from some of the joys I have now.

What if I didn’t fail out of college?  I wouldn’t be sitting here.  I wouldn’t have my son, or have known my daughter.

Perhaps I may have been a great journalist, maybe even had moved to New York as I planned.  But I would not know many of the people who I’ve come to love in my life.

What if I hadn’t gotten divorced? Perhaps we could have worked things out, or perhaps my wife would have continued to be an enabler and I never would have found recovery.  If I stayed married, perhaps my son would have grown to resent his drunk father…

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9 Apr

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Timelines

9 Apr

I could fill a multiverse with the alternate realities that could have been had I made different decisions.  But were I to look back, I could see that even bad decisions in the moment may have prevented me from some of the joys I have now.

What if I didn’t fail out of college?  I wouldn’t be sitting here.  I wouldn’t have my son, or have known my daughter.

Perhaps I may have been a great journalist, maybe even had moved to New York as I planned.  But I would not know many of the people who I’ve come to love in my life.

What if I hadn’t gotten divorced? Perhaps we could have worked things out, or perhaps my wife would have continued to be an enabler and I never would have found recovery.  If I stayed married, perhaps my son would have grown to resent his drunk father, or worse, followed in my footsteps.

What if I hadn’t hurt my back? I may have retired from the Army by now, or died in Iraq.

What if I had told my high school crush I loved her? Would I have stayed in my hometown? Would I be managing a Wal-Mart like my cousin? I would have missed out on all my exciting adventures. I probably would never have been a writer, or maybe I still would have.

I’m perfectly fine with the road I took with all its ups and downs, bumps and potholes, and all the detours and traffic jams.  The road I took brought me here. Even bad decisions can bring you to the right place in the end.

But then again, maybe I would have been the journalist to take down Trump!  Ah, well…

Bucket List

1 Apr

Robert E. Wronski, Jr.

Bucket lists are hard. My priorities in life always seem to change, and so then does my bucket list.

There are some things in my bucket list that may be impossible, but I like to keep them on there just to give myself something to aspire to.

One thing that’s always been on my bucket list and always will is to visit every state in this country (have 33 so far) and every country in the world (only 4 so far).

Seeing my son graduate from high school and college, attending his wedding, meeting my grandchildren, are all bucket list items that probably keep me going when life gets hard.

Some things aren’t bucket list so much as personal goals.  Owning a house again, having a job that provides me a living, allows me to use my gifts, and gives me an opportunity to help others in some way.

I’m…

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1 Apr

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1 Apr

Bucket lists are hard. My priorities in life always seem to change, and so then does my bucket list.

There are some things in my bucket list that may be impossible, but I like to keep them on there just to give myself something to aspire to.

One thing that’s always been on my bucket list and always will is to visit every state in this country (have 33 so far) and every country in the world (only 4 so far).

Seeing my son graduate from high school and college, attending his wedding, meeting my grandchildren, are all bucket list items that probably keep me going when life gets hard.

Some things aren’t bucket list so much as personal goals.  Owning a house again, having a job that provides me a living, allows me to use my gifts, and gives me an opportunity to help others in some way.

I’m not sure if having such a small bucket list is good or bad.  Does it mean I maintain realistic expectations, or that I’ve given up on dreaming?  Maybe a little bit of both.

Doctor Who

22 Mar

Robert E. Wronski, Jr.

Doctor Who has been on the air since the 1960s.  The main character is the Doctor, an alien.  The gimmick that keeps the show sustainable is that when the Doctor dies, he regenerates into a new body (and new actor).  The new actor plays the same character but not the same character.  With each regeneration the Doctor’s personality also changes.  He has the same memories, but he is a different person.

In a way we are all like that.  I share the same memories as the person I was in 1991 or 2002, but I am a very different person.  We are constantly changing and evolving with each life experience, every challenge, all the tragedies and triumphs, and by every person we’ve met.

In 1982, I wanted to be a mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper when I grew up.  In 1992, I wanted to be a cop.  In…

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