Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Oh, the places I've been

When my mom came to visit, she brought me the book Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr.Seuss. I read it while she was here - - laughing, crying, and realizing how much it resembled my life.

  Dr.Seuss, you got it all right.

It's difficult for me to believe I crossed the stage to collect my diploma from CSU two years ago. I've learned so much. I've had so many ups and downs. I've wandered around a lot. I've tried to understand exactly who I am and my purpose in life. Here's my lil' rendition of how this book applies to my life.... Hope you enjoy! 

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Oh, the Places You'll Go
by Dr. Seuss 

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

Graduating from CSU, May 2011
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
Any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

leaving on a solo road trip, September 2011
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
You're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
You'll want to go down.
In that case, of course, you'll head straight out of town.

cross-country adventures, September 2011
It's opener there
In the wide open air.

beautiful west virginia, October 2011
Out there things can happen
And frequently do
To people as brainy
And footsy as you.

Learning at Gesundheit! Institute with one of my role
models, Patch Adams. October 2011
And when things start to happen,
Don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.


You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
Who soar to high heights.

Teaching children about Guatemala, my country of service
for the Peace Corps. December 2011 
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

Accepting a new Peace Corps invitation after Guatemala was cancelled
January 2012
I'm sorry to say so
But sadly, it's true
That Bang-ups
And Hang-ups
Can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
In a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

Not so pleased after Peace Corps Guatemala was cancelled
January 2012
You'll come down from the Lurch
With an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
That you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
You're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
Is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

new places! Botswana, April 2012
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
Or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple, it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
For a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
That you'll start in to race
Down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
And grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
Headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place….

A much slower pace of life, May 2012 
… for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
Or a bus to come, or a plane to go
Or the mail to come, or the rain to go
Or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
Or waiting around for a Yes of No
Or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
Or waiting for wind to fly a kite
Or waiting around for Friday night
Or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
Or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
Or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
Or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

waiting, waiting, June 2012
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
All that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
Where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
Once more you'll ride high! 
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of guy!

Grassroots Soccer Team, October 2012
Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
Will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
With the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

World Map Project, February 2013
Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
You'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

Good ole' Kang, Botswana.
February 2013
All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
You'll be quite a lot.

Plenty of alone time, February 2013 
And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
You'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
That can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

Camel Spiders, October 2012
But on you will go
Though the weather be foul.
On you will go
Though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
Though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
A frightening creek,
Though your arms may get sore
And your sneakers may leak.

walks with my sisters, February 2013 
On and on you will hike.
And I know you'll hike far
And face up to your problems
Whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
As you already know.
You'll get mixed up
With many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
And remember that Life's
A Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

Relaxing in Maun, Botswana
February 2013
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp, May 2013 
Be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
Or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So… get on your way!

Living fully, February 2013
Love & Light, 

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