The number of time friends have said to me that had it not been for something they had foolishly done in their youth life would be much easier now. Oh how true that is. I have a new ankle caused because of all the running injuries that went untreated because I just wanted to keep on running. Having a very high pain threshold has allowed me to run when others would have gone and seen about the pain. But I was well warned and did not pay heed so I am paying the price now.
So when I say everything comes with a price I am not saying it in a mercenary way but just as a little act of warning. nature and life has a way of biting back.
Now that being said, the question remains, "Would I have done it differently?" I doubt it very much. But i just might have been a bit more humble and listened to the wise words of my friends.
Now that the snow lies thick on my head and the shaved face never feels nearly as smooth as it did at one time, I am a bit more aware of the folly of youth. Sad that it has taken so long to learn it.
In all of those thoughts I am aware of one thing, friendship is worth every penny and every sacrifice it asks of you. There is nothing more important in life than those people who in spite of offering you wisdom that was ignored still stand beside you. They are still friends in spite of you.
This is something to be cherished and nurtured. How grateful I am for the friends I have in spite of me.
Getting back to the theme of today, "Everything comes with a price." Let me leave you with a humorous thought.