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I Was a Teenage Washout

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This piece was written by a guy I went to school with, but scarcely seen since. I rarely have the time to catch up with people from my present, let alone my past to see how they’re doing, even those I was close to. Every now and then a few of us catch up, but years can elapse between these.

Like everyone, there never seems to be enough time in the day. Facebook comes to the rescue in most regards. I tend to keep my opinions to myself though, so I mostly read but not comment. It’s something I’m working on trying to fix about myself. My wife will attest that I’m not the most communicative of people you’ll ever meet.

All that aside, I’m glad to see he’s kicking butt and taking names though. I think there’s a lesson in this for all of us. Don’t let a single result from your life define you. Always strive to reinvent yourself because you never know where it might take you.

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