"Boarding for Delta flight 2007" echoed thought the airport as the sun began its ritualistic ascent into he sky. The tired, the overly eager and the just plain bored gathered their carry-on luggage and boarded the plane. Although the day had barely begun I felt inclined to order the obligatory airplane beverage Mr. TS/genericand a nip of vodka. I felt a little irritated because I was seated smack dab in the middle of an elderly couple. "Just my luck..." I muttered under my breath.... Little did I know that the white haired elderly gentleman seated next to me would bestow upon me advice that would change the course of my life.
Sometime into the flight when all the general hullabaloo had eased and the Vodka and Mr. T's began to warm my belly and loosen my mind I found my self engrossed in conversation with Dr. Kralin the elderly gentleman seated beside me. I would later learn that Mr. Kralin had been a mathematics professor and was now retired and living in Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Try as I might I could not remember the beginning of our conversation so I satisfied myself with the idea that Dr. Kralin had somehow subconsciously placed himself into my daydreams for the sole purpose of imparting some much needed advice on life to me. I don't want to bore you with all the nuances of the flight and the little details of our conversation. However, I would like to share with you the advice Mr. Kralin kindly shared with me. Here is what he told me..... 1. Life is short before you know it your youth is gone and you can hardly recognize yourself in the mirror so ENJOY THE MOMENT for all it is worth. 2. Respect and love those around you, Family, Friends you know who they are. If you are truly grateful to those who are close to you and respect them back you will become a better person and be able to help others in their time of need. and finally don't be to hard on yourself life is a learning process not a linear path if you learn to accept failure and learn from it your triumphs will be all the greater.
As a member of Gen Y I would like to give a heart felt THANK YOU to that aging Baby Boomer for imparting upon me some sage advice that I otherwise would have ignored. Thank you