Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.
It’s opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t
Because, sometimes, you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
can happen to you.
You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.
You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.
And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
is not easily done.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…
…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
That’s not for you!
Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.
I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.
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.
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 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!
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
My old substitute teacher, Mr. Thomas, knew Dr. Seuss. They went to school together at Dartmouth and he said that Seuss carried around a wooden staff that he carved all of his funning looking cartoon characters on before they were famous.
I can picture the young creative Seuss as a college student strutting his stuff with his carved wooden staff in hand. It paints an enchanted picture. A freshly mowed field, shiny polished shoe’s, big white smile in springtime and Seuss humming tunes straight from the parody of everyday living.
Gotta love Seuss.
Mr. Thomas was super old, super Irish and just about the most adorable man you could ever possibly meet. He was a character straight out of Tolkien. Living a happy peaceful life in a big luxurious tree stump with other little hobbits. No, kidding. But the guy was truly magical (and tiny).
For Mr. Thomas to have known Seuss personally, makes perfect sense to me. It’s so funny how a simple little man from high school can unwittingly add a tiny pinch of sugar that sweetens an otherwise ordinary life into something slightly more extraordinary. Simply by being himself and being my substitute teacher for a handful of times.
I love you Mr. Thomas! I love you Dr. Seuss!
Dr. Seuss adds his sugar simply by pouring it into his magical poetry for the world to become a better place.
I want to be brilliant someday. Wouldn’t that be something?
I really want to write a post about creativity and how to unlock it. I feel I’m so close to understanding how it’s done, but I never fully understand anything until I write about it.
Alas it must wait. I have 9 days of clients left. 9 days of massaging non-stop. A client canceled today, so I have this hour free. Well, it’s no longer an hour, more like 20 minutes left.
I’m tired. I need to breathe. I stayed up late last night watching YouTube video’s of the Burning Man in Nevada. My buddy from the Colombia retreat asked me to go. And let me just tell you, hole-lee-shit. It looks amazing. Absolutely freak-tastic amazing. I’m signing myself up, renting a car, driving across the country and popping a tent. Honestly I’m not sure what I’m more excited for, the Burning Man or 7 weeks in Spain.
My life is starting. Who I am is becoming….something.
Okay, need to publish and zone for five minutes before my next client gets here. I feel stupid today.
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- Dr. Seuss: The immortal echo of philosophical genius (associate2013.wordpress.com)
- Happy Birthday, Dr.Seuss! (stampedimpression.typepad.com)
- Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! There are not enough thanks in the world for all you gave us. (turtleandrobot.wordpress.com)
- Dr. Seuss’ birthday is on Saturday (wjla.com)
- Dr. Seuss Stuff at the NeatoShop (neatorama.com)
- The Story Behind the #SadDrSeuss Tweets (socialtimes.com)