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Looking Back

by Mitch Worley, The Quill

June 11, 2008

Some things will happen to a person in their lifetime that no one would believe unless they saw it for themselves or actually had it happen to them.

This past week has been one of reflection and nostalgia, sitting around and thinking about how things could have been different and where I could be at this juncture in my life if I would have been dealt an ace rather than a six, or vice versa.

I've long contemplated my collegiate life ending at Lincoln Christian College, which I still wish I could bring to fruition, yet more than likely it will be completed at Western Illinois University.

Although it doesn't make much difference to me where I graduate college or what I do with my life, it's still fun to think back on the good old days and remember how much things used to be.

Right now, things are going great and I'm very happy with where I'm at in life, but I still love to remember playing summer baseball with my friends, getting into trouble with them, and thinking about where we saw ourselves when we got older.

Some of those friends have accomplished exactly what they had so fondly talked about like play a college sport, got their dream job, or even get married and began to start a family.

Others have changed their minds and made something of themselves on a much greater scale than we could have imagined, like going to fight for our country's freedom in a foreign land, getting awesome jobs with great amounts of responsibility and prestige, yet some still haven't found their way.

No one could have guessed the exact dichotomy of how my network of friends and I would have turned out, and it still puzzles me how we all go our separate ways.

Undoubtedly, things could have been different for all of us, but I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

Unfortunately, some things that happen to people they can't retract, which leads to lifelong regret.