Being from the town where recent events have occurred with former Patriot’s player Hernandez, I thought that I would talk a little bit about taking advantage of life’s opportunities instead of throwing them away as he did. I certainly don’t have tons of experience with life as I’ve only been around for 20 years, but I do know that what Hernandez did is not the way to take advantage of all that life has to offer.
- For starters, think things through. I know this is
not a new lesson in life, but seriously, you should stop and think
about consequences. We all do it less than we should.
Sure, maybe the immediate outcome seems great but what about
down the line? You still have to live the future, it’s
- Don’t throw away success in one
moment of displeasure or unhappiness. Things may not seem
great then, but they’ll feel even worse when you have to deal with
the repercussions later. See #1 people. Everything has
a consequence, make sure you’re willing to live with it.
- Be careful who you associate with. It’s hard to cut
off people even if we know they’re not the best influence. I
know, I’ve been there a couple times and it certainly wasn’t easy.
However, it’s easier to cut them off now then have your
relationship come back to hurt you some way in the
- Be selfish but not too selfish.
What I mean is that you should be selfish in what you want in
life and the dreams you reach for, but don’t be so caught up in
your own aspirations that you’ll do anything to get to that dream.
There should always be a limit somewhere, most likely having
something to do with the law or ethics and morality, but there
should still be a limit where something is too much to ask for in
return for your dream becoming a reality. For example, don’t
take credit for someone else’s hard work to further yourself
instead of them be able to further themselves. We
all have dreams.
- Be thorough in what you do in life. Have a plan to
accomplish something all the way through, that’s when it will be a
completely successful plan. You wouldn’t for example propose
a plan to your boss if you didn’t have everything mapped through
and you felt that all possible loose ends or potholes were covered.
Apply that to your own personal aspirations. Again
return to number 1. If you’ve thoroughly planned something
through, you not only know what you’re getting into, but you also
know how to handle things when it gets a little bit
- YOLO. Seriously, you only
live once. Don’t throw your
whole life away because of one stupid decision. We’re all
going to make mistakes, I know, it’s part of life, but keep in mind
when you’re being reckless that there are people out there who are
wishing for more time and you’re laughing in their faces when you
laugh in the face of fate. Enjoy life, but enjoy it well and
with measured risks.
It’s a shame to see the life that Hernandez has likely thrown away because of the events of one night. Don’t throw your life away, live it to the fullest. You’re here for a reason, live up to that reason whether it’s to be a wonderful mother, husband, inventor, philanthropist or something else, and enjoy life while you’re at it.
- Are You Dreaming Yet?
- Sometimes, it is better to leave a dream
- Class of 2013: YOLO
- Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
- Live it up.