Today’s question is "Write about what you think your goals were 10 years ago. What has changed since then? Do you have the same goals?"
I had my stroke 15 years ago this February, so ten years ago my goals were probably to get back on my feet and to try and regain some of my lost faculties, like being able to use my right arm for more than something to have on the right side of my body that more or less matched at I had on my left. And I’m sure that I made a valiant but brief attempt at doing just that, and failed, and followed the Holton family motto, "if at first you don’t succeed, the hell with it." (Actually, the family motto is "Semper Fidelis," just like the US Marines, but we’ll talk about that some other time.)
I’ve been watching the YouTube channel of a young woman named Courtney Ryan, who dispenses relationship and fashion advice specifically for men, not that I need either at this stage of my life. Fifty years ago, on the other hand, I would have done well to listen to her, and if I had the sense God gave a hedgehog, I would have followed it, and arguably would not be sitting here typing this blog post with one hand. Today’s video was about how to become a "high value" man (or woman; since most of her viewers are men, for reasons that will become obvious if you watch the video, she directs her remarks mostly to them), and as I watched it, I found myself saying, "you know, I never did that, and I’m paying for it now." It’s under seven minutes long, if you want to watch it.
I erased a whole "mea culpa" section I had gone into here when I relized I was beating myself up, and you don’t want to hear me do that. Suffice it to say that, if I had a time machine, I would convince Ms. Ryan (with enough money) to accompany me to my bedroom from 50 yeears ago and have her sit with me-at-15 and go over this material, then make sure that me-at-15 actually followed up on it.