Friday, June 25, 2010

15 For a Moment

I'm 15... for a moment
caught in between 10 and 20
and I'm just dreamin'
countin' the ways to where you are

15 there's still time for you
time to buy and time to lose
15... there's never a wish
better than this
when you've only got a hundred years
to live

As a young man I remember that itchy feeling of freedom that comes upon you when you are no longer a child, but not quite an adult.  The time when the world is filled with wonder and every opportunity remains within reach.  For me, that feeling uniquely resides in the eyes of a 15 years old.  You've entered the new world of high school, and the thoughts of college, a job, and a mortgage seem so far away.  During this time many of us tried to find a place where we could dream of tomorrow be it in our rooms, at a beach, or a friend's house.   

Emma resides in this wonderful age and has found her place of freedom behind the steering wheel of a grey VW Passat.  No, she doesn't have her license or even her permit.  The Passat is firmly planted in our driveway as the extra car which has transitioned from "the car that she can use when she starts driving" to "Emma's car", according to her at least. 

On any given evening you can find her behind the wheel doing homework, listening to the radio, or hanging out with her friends all the time gazing out that front windshield.  I'm not sure what Emma and her friends talk about, but I have a feeling it isn't about the flowers in the backyard.  Instead, I have a feeling it's about laughter, tears, opportunities, and dreams.  The future without limits.    

Now I know that in a few short months that car will no longer be sitting on the driveway, but driving away to some gathering.  And I know that in a few short years it will pull out of that same driveway on the way to college and in the direction of those dreams. 

In the meantime, Emma, the keys are yours.  Dream on and don't let anything hold you back, not boys, not bosses, and especially not Pompe.  I know this diagnosis wasn't in your plans, but remember that this may lead you to wonderful places you've never imagined.  Please take my advice and live with boldness and take time to remember the dreams of today and to dream the dreams of tomorrow.  After you are all "grown up", let me know if you ever need that Passat to share a few dreams with your friends and I'll have it waiting for you.  Who knows, maybe you'll even let your old Dad join.   

Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this,
When you only got 100 years to live

Keep those dreams coming,

Credit to: Five for Fighting, "100 Years"

*If anyone has not heard this song, it's worth a few minutes.  Here's a link to the video.
Five For Fighting.  "100 Years" 2004  All rights reserved.