I said softly as you stood a few feet away, not sure if you would hear me. We grew up in similar situations. Most people would tend to focus on our differences, but the similarities should not be ignored. "I've seen you here before. You come to this park at least once a week." you said, acknowledging that you had heard me. "Why are you so sad all the time?" you continued. "Sad? I'm not sad, just caught in my own thoughts. It's easier for me to think out here in the fresh air.", I replied. "Well, you may not be sad, but you sure look it. People are gonna think that you're crazy if they see you talking to me. I have a reputation you know." Truthfully, I didn't care about how other people saw you. I'd moved past that mentality. Thinking one way based on others opinions didn't make sense to me anymore. All I could think to say at the moment was, "Opinions are like assholes, everyone has em. The problem with most people is that they don't wipe enough so their opinions are really shitty." Puns were never my thing, but despite its corny nature, you chuckled. After that fleeting moment of humor, you were able to steer the conversation back to where we both hoped it would go. "Well, what are you thinking about all the timLe.?" you asked. "Life", I responded. You looked at me slightly puzzled. "Why spend so much time thinking about life, when you could just live?" you asked, spoken like the truly adventurous being I always thought you were. "I don't know where it's headed. Lately I feel like I've been facing these huge decisions day after day. I want to be careful, because if I make the wrong one and head down a path, I don't know if there's any going back. But if I don't make a decision soon, I may never get this opportunity again." I could feel one of my endless rants coming on. I tried to fight it, but I needed to let it out. "I think life comes in certain phases...here... let me explain. If I, myself, was a bird, I would just have gotten out of the egg phase of my life. Up until now, i had been at home, safe and protected, under the loving care of my parents. Kinda like a newborn bird, still in an egg. Inside the shell I could hide, seemingly safe from the unknown dangers outside. But as long as I was in that shell, I could only progress so far. To achieve something, I have to risk everything i've known. Leave that place i know so well and venture into the unknown. A land of promise, full of predators. I cracked through the egg, stuck my head into this new, big, scary world, and froze. I know I need to make my next move, but I have no fucking clue where to go from here." I paused, to catch my breath, but you jumped right in with words of wisdom I may have always been looking for. "Take chances. Don't be afraid to fail. I can't point you in the right direction, because then you'll never learn how to make your own way, but don't be afraid to hop out of that nest and spread your wings. You might break a leg, but that will heal with time. Trust me when i say one leg is a small price to pay to learn how to fly." I sat soaking in what was perhaps the most insightful statement anyone had ever given me when I began to wonder how you had acquired this knowledge. I glanced over at you and realized this whole time, you were standing on only one leg. As I mentally connected the dots,  a gunshot rang out in the distance and in the blink of an eye you were airborne and fading above the treeline. Our short interaction only lasted a few minutes but the message will stay with me forever. You unknowingly pointed me in the right direction. That direction...is forward...in whatever direction I want. 

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Comments

 
Wed, 02/08/2012 - 2:09am

Captivating. I would have liked if you broke it up into paragraphs probably which would have made it a little easier on the eyes, but nonetheless, great work!

"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

 
 
Wed, 02/08/2012 - 3:55pm

Yeah man. Sorry about that. I wrote it on my phone because I wasn't near a computer, so formatting didn't even occur to me at the time.

 
 
Wed, 02/08/2012 - 11:48pm

It's not at all a big deal. I was just giving some advice ya know! Oh, did you know that you can edit and delete highDEAS now? Check it out! I was pretty surprised to see it.

 
 
Thu, 02/09/2012 - 7:22am

Yeah man. I saw that. It took awhile, but it was sweet to see it added.

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 10:21am

Well......, you can fix it now. You know, to make it easier on the readers' eyes.

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 3:47am

yea that was the point of him telling you you can edit highdeas lol

 
 
Thu, 02/16/2012 - 5:29pm

Awesome message. Just what I needed to read, thank you! :)

I got so sucked in, I actually felt like I was the bird for a good minute.

 
 
Thu, 02/16/2012 - 10:26pm

Thank you very much ma'am. Glad you liked it. You might not have been this particular bird, but you could be the one who helps somebody find their way.

 
 
Tue, 04/17/2012 - 2:48pm
nurplette Says:

"I don't know where it's headed. Lately I feel like I've been facing these huge decisions day after day. I want to be careful, because if I make the wrong one and head down a path, I don't know if there's any going back. But if I don't make a decision soon, I may never get this opportunity again."

Love it! Thanks!

 
 
Tue, 04/17/2012 - 6:01pm

Thank you very much. Glad you liked it.

 
 
Sun, 04/22/2012 - 8:12pm
LemonSkunk Says:

Very very nice sir. Enjoyable to read and painted a nice picture.

 
 
Tue, 08/14/2012 - 6:59pm

Beautiful, well-written & inspiration. Bravo sir, take a bow.

 
 
Wed, 08/15/2012 - 8:29am

Thank you, thank you. You can't see me right now but I just bowed. First highdeas curtain call I've ever had.

 
 
Wed, 09/05/2012 - 10:25am

You should totally have written "*Bows*" so we'd know you actually bowed. 'cuz, youknow, you could totally have just nodded your head in approval of the laudatory words and fibbed about it.

 
 
Mon, 09/17/2012 - 8:53am

I'm all about web honesty though, so I promise my word is good.

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 12:46am
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Tue, 09/18/2012 - 11:51am

U should write a book it'll be like a instant hit

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 1:15pm

Thank you but then people would really get on me about paragraphs, which you can clearly see i am not about.

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 1:09pm

For some reason I wanted to read this out loud haha so I did and it was empowering. good read dude

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 1:16pm

Thanks man. I laughed when I read your name cause it reminded me of a Kevin Hart bit.
"did he just say pew pew?"

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 3:48pm
jake_ Says:

great read. I thought the message was self autonomy, every person has the power to change his/her life, and taking risks is a part of life

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 8:48pm

That's exactly it. Until you get out there and try things, you'll never know what you can or can't do.

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 6:00pm

This might have been a good story if I could have read it, unfortunately your grammar is so terrible this becomes unreadable. Not sure what your level of education is but goddam.....

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 8:49pm

Hey man. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that you are not a total cunt.

 
 
Wed, 09/19/2012 - 9:17pm

Should be
"This story might have been good, had I been able to read it. Unfortunately, your grammar is so terrible that this story is unreadable. I'm not sure what level of education you have recieved. God damn it, however."
Don't be a prick.

 
 
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 9:59pm

this is beautiful, i feel inspired, thank you.

 
 
Thu, 09/20/2012 - 11:13pm

This is so beautiful and empowering. Thank you...so, so much. I love you.

 
 
Sat, 09/22/2012 - 11:33am

That's the secret of life. Well written .