I liken this series of articles to the school year and how at the end of the year it is nice to have a great big concert to show off the progress that has been made. With no further ado.

You can be bald and the tub drain will still plug up with hair.

I used to be able to eat whatever I wanted. Those days are gone. I am still pretty healthy, but I know the things I eat now are going to start making me pay. So I watch what I eat. I give myself limits, which I stick to most of the time. But I have learned that ice cream tastes better when you are not on a diet.

I still think of myself as young, but I recently cataloged how many cars I have owned. It is a whopping (in my book) eight. And still the one that was the most fun was the one with the most holes in it.

I used to love video games. Well actually, I was addicted to them. I could play for hours. I don’t really do that anymore, but some things stick with me from those days. Like wanting to hit the reset button. But life is not like a video game. You can’t just reset it when you make a mistake.

I recently broke down and upgraded my 13” TV. And wow, a 42” screen is way better than a 13” screen.

I have learned I still don’t know what to say to someone when a loved one dies, especially with people I am not close to.

New movies are nice and flashy. They have amazing special effects and lots of twists and turns and imagination ideas. But there is just something about old movies that still trumps them all; it is a mix of compelling characters and convincing stories and incredible actors and actresses.

Short cuts always seem like convenient, flashy ways to get things done. But I always end up having to re-do most of my shortcuts.

God has to be sports fan. Just look at how he set things up. Baseball starts in April. The playoffs end just as things get interesting with football in the fall. Then basketball really gets going just as football finishes off with the super gala in January. And March Madness ends just when baseball picks up again. And if that weren’t enough, there is golf and car racing and some really good soccer thrown in the mix. I tell you, God is a sports fan.

C.S. Lewis was right when he said, “Joy (in my sense) has indeed one characteristic, and one only, in common with them; the fact that anyone who has experienced it will want it again.” I am a pursuer of joy, and joy that lasts.

© Seth Crossman