We all have special moments from our childhood — the first time off the high dive, running through a field of daffodils, walking out to call the coin toss my first game of my senior year, and proposing to my wife on the lawn of Old Main. They aren’t all wonderful at the time — totallying my Austin-Healy, being nocked out and destroying my knee at that same first game, or many, many others. Whether good or bad they became part of me, part of who I am.
People ask, “Do you have any regrets?” The answer is, “Of course, but I would regret more not learning what my mistakes taught me.”
Perhaps my greatest moment is this instance. I am at my most complete. I carry with me the special memories of my life as well as the lessons I’ve learned along the way.