Philosophy of life


Wyakin Warriors with Lt. Gov. Little

The first five Wyakin Warriors have begun taking classes, and they have been at the center of quite a bit of publicity.

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These five men have experienced things that most of us never will, and have a deeper appreciation, I think, of life. So one comment jumped out at me. One of the Wyakin Warriors said that when something like a serious injury happens to you, you have two choices. You can focus on the negative or on the positive. He decided to be positive. What a great philosophy of life.

When I was in junior high school, I was told I was going to get interviewed by the school paper. Everyone else prior to me was asked what their philosphy of life was, and at the time I didn’t have one.

So I made one up.

“Know yourself, trust yourself, test yourself.” That was my new philosophy, ready made for a nice sound bite. I could almost imagine the headlines in the Blevins Jr. High School paper: “Bacon has it all figured out!” “Bacon sets the standard for all other interviewees!” I was going to be a rock star.

They never asked the question. They did, however, print a picture of me as a baby, sitting naked in a tub of water.

So for the last forty years I have kept that philosophy to myself, ready to be released in the event I ever got asked the question that never came.

And now, forty years later, I have come to realize that my philosophy is no good any more, made insignificant and self-serving by a young injured Soldier who now wears the mantle of Wyakin Warrior.

So Blevins Junior High School, if you’re listening, Jeff Bacon has a NEW philosophy of life. When life throws something tough my way, I choose to focus on the positive.

Except for the naked picture in the tub. That was just mean.


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