Foolish Things….

Will Rogers 2“I don’t care who you are, you just can’t reach middle life without having done and said a whole lot of foolish things.” – Will Rogers, 28 December 1934

I think cleansing my soul might be a good way to start off this new year and what better way to do it than around a quote from Will Rogers. 🙂 I will personally attest to what Will said in the above quote.  I did some pretty foolish things in my years.  At the tender age of 17 I became addicted to nicotine. That addiction would last for over thirty years before I finally broke it. Looking back I can see where I missed so many opportunities because of my smoking. One of the girls I was thoroughly infatuated with in college quickly let me know that she was not interested. I’m sure now a big part of it was because of my smoking and resulting foul smell.

One of the things I learned later in life is that the teenage brain is just not fully developed in many areas. This resulted in many foolish ideas during those years.  I was so in love with my first car that I was convinced that I would rather die in a crash rather than lose my car. I also drank too much in my high school and college years. That made me do even more stupid/foolish things.

Another foolish thing I did in my youth was to consistently vote Republican but since I have now sworn off political stuff I will say no more about that….

We all do foolish things in our lives but seem to conveniently forget about most of them when we are dealing with today’s youth or with those who might have had to more seriously deal with the consequences of their foolish things. I think Will is trying to tell us to give them some slack.  As the old saying goes “there but for the grace of God go I”.

Ah, I feel a little better now so bring on this new year.

Oh, by the way the picture above is of Will sitting in a chair swinging his ever present lasso while writing a blog post. They called them newspaper columns in his day.  Let’s all strive to do a little better this year than last and to try to think a little less about ourselves and more for others; especially those down on their luck.. Isn’t that the least we can do???


  1. Coming of age (how’s that for a quaint expression) in the late 60’s and into the 70’s I did what all my contemporaries were doing: drugs, risky sex, and too much beer. When I look back i wonder why I wasn’t busted or in the free clinic. Just lucky, I guess.

    I actually started smoking cigarettes while in college to learn how to not cough up the marijuana smoke. How stupid was that? The pot smoking ended within a few years but the tobacco stuck with me for 20 years.

    I have openly admitted by youthful indiscretions to my daughters who just roll their eyes at their dad’s stupidity. They were much more discerning in their youth than their old man.


  2. I tried so hard to smoke Virginia Slims as I thought I’d stay slender by smoking, rather than eating. A cookie always tasted better than the ciggie though.

    Happy New Year’s, RJ.


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