6. An Excellent Life Lesson

“On one of my college internships, I was standing in a hard hat/reflective vest near a coworker at a drill site next to a high school.

A teacher pointed at my coworker, and told some students:

“That is why you go to college. You don’t want to be standing out there making minimum wage like that guy.”

My coworker was a structural engineering Ph.D. with his own practice…we used to have Christmas parties at his mansion in the foothills.

It makes me question my own perceptions about people I do not know.”

7. Getting Your Life Together

“”Don’t put your mother and sisters through that shit again.”

I had a heroin addiction that I was just getting cleaned up when my dad passed away. I was only 2 months sober at the time. He said that to me as he held my hand 5 minutes before his cancer killed him. December 17th will be my 6th anniversary of no dope.”

8. Looks Can Be Deceiving

“I was an awkward goth punk dipshit at a summer camp thing and I was just sitting by myself enjoying life, and I guess I looked forlorn or something cuz this girl came up to me and said, “You need to start having fun. Look how ugly I am and I’m having a GREAT time!””

9. If At First You Don’t Succeed…

“Someone once told me, when you fall halfway down the stairs no one ever says, “Well fuck, might as well just throw myself down the rest of the stairs.” Remember this when you blow your New Year’s resolutions and then just give up on them or some similar circumstances.”