Tag: #adulthood

The answer is not out there.


Many young people think the answer will be found in a magical land known as out there. They can’t wait to graduate high school, move out of their parent’s house, leave the confines of their hometown behind and get out there. Older now, I realize the answer is not out there. The answer has always […]

It’s National Decision Day


May 1st is National Decision Day, the deadline for high school seniors to decide which school they will attend in the fall. For college-bound seniors this is an important day. It represents the first of many, many major choices and changes they will experience as an adult. But for those of who are older, whose […]

What my 7 year old son and a friend with a terminal illness said about happiness


I’d like to thank the Lexus “December to Remember” commercial for fueling my recent obsession with happiness. You know the commercial: On a perfect snow sparked morning a well groomed man finds a new Lexus topped with a big red bow trophied in his sprawling driveway. The man smiles then hugs and kisses the hood […]

Let’s Take a Look at My 11th Grade Report Card


On a recent cleaning binge, my mom found my 11th grade report card stuffed in a file box along with old writings, homework assignments and a certificate announcing that I had passed Drivers Education class in August of 1997. I’m 37 years old, and a high school teacher now, and everyday I witness the enormous […]

My Advice to Young Adults about Work (or Why I Want to Pee My Pants )


It’s graduation season. And every June, I get asked by soon-to-be high school graduates big questions about work. “How do you know your doing the right work?” “How do you find work you’re passionate about?” “How do you avoid unhappiness and complacency?” Though I don’t consider myself a beacon of wisdom on such matters (I’m […]

What Word Keeps You Up at Night?


It’s late and I can’t sleep again. My mind tosses and turns while I lay still, staring at the ceiling. My mental restlessness began with the obvious tumbling thought, “I should be sleeping”. It blooms like an innocent thought. But innocent thoughts can seed big, complex, even damaging thoughts. I should… Start eating healthier again. Be […]

Prince Harry Taught All Men a Life Saving Lesson


It’s an old story. A bit cliched. But still a worthy one… A man and a woman are in a car. The man drives as the women navigates through unfamiliar territory. They have no map, no cell phone service. The woman acknowledges the pending darkness and lightly suggests, they stop and ask for directions. The […]

A Painful Reminder to Slow Down


I felt it coming for sometime now. I was waiting for it like the way you wait for seasons to change or like the way you wait for something to arrive in the mail. Never knowing exactly when it will arrive, but when it does, your life with be somehow different. Maybe it was the […]

So…when do we become adults?


16 years ago I’m jammed in a Penn State frat house with my buddies Pete, Jack and a few hundred other rambunctious Nittany Lions. There’s cans of Natty Light and shots of Jagermeister and a cover band thrashing through a version of Blink 182’s “What’s My Age Again?” in the living room. We’re young and […]

5 Reasons Why Springsteen’s Thunder Road is Your Life Right Now


On Friday night I’m leaving the kids at home and taking my best girl to see, hear and witness the incomparable Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. If you haven’t heard, the 67 year old Boss, is currently playing 4 hour musical marathons. Electric sets fused with 30 plus songs spanning 40 plus years of musical […]