Oh the Places You’ll Go

Oh the Places You'll Go

This picture reminds me of the balloon in Oh the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss. One of the best books in the history of ever. Just a little heads up for you- If you haven’t read it, you need to!

I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to write here, so I’m going to warn you this will probably be a scattered mess….which is in fact how I am, in many aspects of my life. If you have ever seen my apartment you know what I mean…. 😉 But it works for me and it’s how I’ve always been. Bear with me….

Oh the Places You’ll Go has always been a really inspirational book for me. Every year at Leadership Lab (an amazing summer camp I went to in high school) they read this book at the end of the week. I’m pretty sure this is where my love for the book started, but I started obsessing over it when I had my first surgery. The book summarizes all the different ups and downs within a person’s life. I have turned to this book over and over throughout my time in college and away from home, and always found comfort in the reassuring fact that no matter what, it is normal to go through shitty stuff and awesome stuff too. I can always seem to find a part in the book that relates to how I’m feeling, and sometimes the best way to explain how I feel is literally to quote Dr. Seuss, himself.

“And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on. But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.”

I am scared of what is happening. This is so overwhelmingly scary. But it’s not going to stop me, I’m not going to live with the fear of cancer, and I am not going to let the fear of the unknown consume my life. I am going to keep on hiking forward just like Dr. Seuss said I would. 😉

So here’s another way I have rationalized my emotions throughout all of this. And this is an analysis that I am so proud of. In my head it makes perfect sense. I’ve explained it to a few people (aka Jeff and my mom) and they awkwardly try to agree with what I’m saying so I’m pretty sure it might not actually make much sense.


So a lot of people have had a relationship where they feel kind of stuck. They still “love” the person they are with but they just aren’t quite compatible anymore. You know, the “it’s not you it’s me,” thing. The beginning of the relationship is wonderful and great. But once you really get to know the person, it’s like whoa, this really isn’t working out. You’re cool and all but I don’t totally love you like I thought I did. And it’s not because you’re not great as a person, but we just don’t go together because you have some qualities that don’t quite go with my qualities.

SO I’m breaking up with my boobs. I’m going to write them a letter. I’m going to work hard on this letter, and yes, I know what you’re thinking, I’ll let you read it.

So while I work on my letter for Lumpy and Bob, you go read Oh the Places You’ll Go. Hopefully it can inspire you. If you are flying high above the rest, I wish you all the success and hope that you don’t find yourself in a slump. If you’re in a slump and need a shovel, I’m good at un-slumping, and I can help dig. Wherever you are keep on hiking.

“Be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? YES! You will, indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.

Kid, You’ll move mountains!”

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