The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
By: Mitch Worley, Quill Reporter
Although we all have our moments of glory and triumph, we have the same amount of moments and stories that will forever burn us to the core.
We fail and fail miserably sometimes.
In some instances it is the wrong time or wrong situation, while the reason for the others could be found by blaming the person you see when standing in front of a mirror.
Throughout the course of our lives, we go through times and experiences that make us shy away from certain things, make us afraid to really extend ourselves and take a chance.
I've heard a lot of people with many more decades of years lived recount their life story, and every time there will be some short coming or missed opportunity they have encountered at some point or another.
There's always a reason and a greater purpose than we know for everything that happens in our lives, but if we really want to go forward in life and maximize our life's potential, we can't be afraid to take a risk every once in a while.
If you hear about a job that you know you would love going to every single day for the rest of your working life, apply for it and see what happens.
If there is an opportunity at taking a trip somewhere or doing something you've always wanted to do, then go for it!
You have to use your own responsible judgment for what to go for and what not to, blotting out the obviously irresponsible choices you could potentially make financially, physically, or on your family, but don't be afraid to stretch your neck out a little.
Small towns are great, but sometimes the small town way of thinking isn't the best.
Change is good sometimes.
Along with that, just because we hail from small communities doesn't mean we weren't meant for something much bigger than we could ever achieve in our cozy little spot in Illinois.
Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan have never let fear or indecision play a factor in their lives, and look where it got them.
Heck, Michael Jordan didn't even make his high school team at one point in his basketball career and look at how things turned out for him!
Buy into the Walt Disney phrase, "If you can dream it, you can do it," as well as a couple of things called hard work and determination, and you could be the next Charles Duryea from Hancock County.
Duryea graduated from La Harpe Gittings Seminary in 1882, in 1893 he and his brother began manufacturing and selling the first gasoline powered automobiles.
If he had the same small town attitude some of us tend to have, we may not be complaining about the cost of gas because we may not be able to drive.