(******* originally posted to my linked in April 2015******)
May 25, 2006, I graduated from high school. My Gramps promptly asked me how I was going to save the world. I had big ideas, even bigger plans and I was quick to share them. To which he replied, “Well. Just don’t put your hands in your pockets. The real work doesn’t get done when you’re standing around with your hands in your pockets”. As luck would have it I didn’t accomplish very many of those things. Chalk it up to youthful ignorance of the real world, a strong desire to maintain my social status, and lack of dedication to my childhood dreams. Every time I would tell him I was going to save the world a different way, he would shake his head and say, “just don’t put your hands in your pockets.” But he believed in me. I truly believe the advice he gave me, along with a stubborn pride and maybe a little bit of rebel running through my veins, is how I’m becoming who I am today.
The last time I talked to my Gramps in January 2012, he ended our conversation by saying he had to go help my gram that, “he’d had his hands in my pockets and she was getting old so she needed help even more now.”. A few hours later he passed away due to complications of COPD. Following that, I went through the most difficult year of my life. during which I reevaluated everything I thought was important. Realized sitting in front of a computer utilizing a degree I’m still paying an insane amount of money for wasn’t for me. I took my hands out of my pockets and went back outside. I found my love of writing again. Became the go to chef friends and family have always dreamed of, and my dad taught me how to build furniture the right way. Came to terms with (most of) my flaws and insecurities. I’ve grownup because I had no other choice.
I may not have a corner office like I used to and the chances of me making six figures are pretty slim as well. I will hopefully always put my family and myself first. I will choose daily to be kind, have compassion to those who need it most, thank our veterans young and old. I will get my hands dirty for a cause and work hard when needed. I will get up at 5:45 am and put my boots on. It’s Tuesday, so I will run in circles all morning, sand a deck for an elderly friend to get ready for a volunteer Work Day at her house, go to feed cows but end up fixing a fence or searching for a new calf. At 6:30pm, I get to share the joys of my relationship with Christ while taking a group of girls on a hike. My boots will probably come off around eleven o’clock and I will stare at the pile of laundry I still haven’t folded.
Most of all, in honor of what would be Gramps birthday April 21, I will keep my hands out of my pockets. Because I’m pretty sure that’s how I’m going to save the world.
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Blessings from Texas,