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Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!

I remember Dr Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go” from childhood and possibly some graduation speeches. I remember the sentiment of having brains in one’s head and feet in one’s shoes, and being able to steer yourself in any direction you might choose. We even sang about it in Seussical when I played Gertrude McFuzz - the awkward, determined little bird with a one feather tail. But I didn’t remember Dr Seuss’s reflections in the poem about how sometimes you might get a little lost along the way. A part that to be honest I find much more interesting. I was recently reading the book to my baby nephew and wanted to share this excerpt...

“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....

You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act. Just never foget 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! ...

Your mountain is waiting. So...get on your way!”

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