As William Shakespeare once said;
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts." - from As You Like It, opening Monologue.
Sometimes, I reflect on the many parts I've played thus far in my life. Son. Brother. Vietnam veteran. Father. Journalist. Uncle. Grandfather...and I wonder what's left?
I look around and see my sons, and their children, and I wonder what roles lie ahead for all of them?
The challenges they are going to face will revolve around their personal milestones as they take on their parts of parent or soldier.
Being a father, or mother for example, is the greatest challenge you'll ever face. Trust me.
Are there roles you hope to play yet in your life? Are you aspiring for greatness or happiness? Or, both. Is there a fire within you that sets you apart from others?
Have you played the role of the villain and enjoyed it? Have you been a good samaritan by choice, or chance? What has life thrust upon you, and what do you want to do?
Is there yet a part unplayed that you dream about? Remember, life is short and your part but a flicker of the eternal flame.
As my grandfather George Baxter once told me, " ..and The Merry Game goes on..."
Time for me to walk on down the road...