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  • As I go through life I’m starting to realize that the majority of what I expected to be truth is actually not.
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  • As I go through life I’m starting to realize that the majority of what I expected to be truth is actually not.
    I’m not going to be narcissistic enough to say that we all feel the same way, but I will venture to assume that the majority of you might agree that coming to terms with this concept actually feels better as time goes by.
    Initially the realization that the majority of what I thought was right was actually wrong was a huge blow to the ego. I feel comfortable in stating that the acceptance is somewhat liberating and very near empowering.
    Some people call this a loss of control or, for those of you “cup half full types”, an acceptance of non-control. Whatever the case, it seems like a lot less stress involved to be prepared.
    In no way am I condoning apathy, even though it appears to be the case as I read this back for editing. I’m merely admitting that I, like all of you out there, am not playing the leading role in a film that revolves around me, which, by the way, I wrote.
    There is no screenwriter of lives. There is not, never was, or will ever be a play-by-play plan for our lives.
    “Stuff” happens.
    The awesome part is when you realize that is not just a saying. It’s real. “Stuff” really does happen, and “stuff” will happen to each and every one of us.
    As soon as we all figure out that we are simply making this whole thing up as we go, the better off we will all be.
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    James Bridges is the advertising director for the Shawnee News-Star.
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