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In My Next 17 Years


Boy oh boy, can’t you feel the change in the air? Doesn’t it feel so Fall-like outside? YEAH RIGHT! LOL. I heard last week contained the first official day of Fall and I’m like say what?


The only thing Fall-like in Florida is that the month ends in “ber” and pumpkin-spice lattes are back at Starbuck’s. Other than that, it’s still hot as blazes, humid as a sauna, and the tropics are still spinning Hurricanes like a DJ spinning discs at a night club!


But so, it is… The month of September. But this isn’t just any ordinary September now is it? Of course not, it’s September 2020! And do you know what that means?


IT’S MY 34TH BIRTHDAY!


HA! And you thought I was going to talk about face masks, spikes in Coronavirus cases, advisories against Trick-Or-Treating, and any other craziness that fills our airways.


NOT A CHANCE!


This blog is being posted on my Birthday weekend! Yesterday I celebrated my 34th birthday, so we are talking about nothing but fun today!


Here’s an interesting bit of information about my 34th birthday just to perk your curiosity. As of my 34th birthday, I have lived half my life as someone with sight and now lived a second half as someone who is completely blind. To be 100% honest, this realization is just too much for my mind to even comprehend. But I just wanted to give you a little context into the meaning my 34th birthday has for me.


As much as I am into living for the moment, 2020 has shown us that is not always possible. So, let’s forget about right now! Try as you might forget all about the Coronavirus, closed borders, rapid tests, sanitization procedures, and anything else that 2020 has overloaded us with information on.


Today I want to look ahead to what I want the next 17 years of my life to look like. What do I want to do, what do I want to have accomplished, what dreams do I want to be fulfilled in my next 17 years. I’m not letting myself think about the past or what is happening in the present. I’m only focusing forward… Designing my life for the next 17 years.


I’m going to share my own dreams in hopes that it will help to inspire you to think ahead in your own life. If you care to keep the conversation alive, please share this challenge with a friend. Just hit forward on this email and send it to somebody you feel could benefit from focusing forward on their next 17 years.


Inspired by Tim McGraw’s hit song, “My Next 30 years” I present…


My Next 17 Years


I think I'll take a moment, to celebrate my age, the end of an era, the turning of a page. Now it's time to focus in on where I go from here… Lord have mercy on my next 17 years

In my next 17 years, I'm gonna have some fun…

Try to forgive myself for all the stupid mistakes I’ve done.

In my next 17 years, I'm gonna settle all the scores… Cry a whole lot less, and attempt to laugh a little more.

I’m gonna find a world of happiness without the sadness of what is no more. And figure out just what I'm doin' here in my next 17 years.

In my next 17 years, I'm gonna focus on me… Eat a few more salads and lift a few more weights. Drink a little more water and sleep in a little late.

And maybe my next 17 years will have been worth the wait!

My next 17 years will be the best years of my life… I’ll fall in love and have that woman be my wife. I’ll spend precious moments with the ones that I hold dear. I’ll make up for lost time here, in my next 17 years.


In my next 17 years, I’m gonna turn that bucket upside down…

I’m gonna free-fall from a flying plane

I’m gonna be on safari on the African plain.

I’m gonna sleep in an overwater bungalow with a girl named Jane. (LOL. Just needed to make that one rhyme)


And finally, in my next 17 years…

I want to make a difference not in the world, but to just one person who needs a reminder that there is hope.

I want to further share my life’s story to the world – Letting it be known that God’s hands are always at work, even when you think he couldn’t be any further away.

I want to go to sleep every night, knowing that I’ve made my creator proud of what I have done that day.


And most of all, I want to look back in 17 years and think, can life really be any better than that?



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