You have to be a fool when you're young and get it over with. If you don't, you'll be an old fool.
DB - The Vagabond
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"There's no fool like an old fool" as the saying goes. I have tried, in a two fisted manner, to wring all foolishness out of myself, but I probably haven't done it quite yet. But as I look back at my life and consider the topic of foolishness I think I see two different kinds of foolishness.
On the one hand I can think about all the stupid things I did and all the smart things I didn't do. I file those in the Department of Regrets and try not to think of them. I will spare you. On the other hand there are things I did, smart or stupid, that those around me would and did call foolish, that I don't regret.
I don't regret setting my alarm to get up very early in the morning to give a cup of hot coffee to a girl coming up out of the subway on a freezing cold winter morning even though I knew there was no hope of a romance with her.
I don't regret renting a car and driving hundreds of miles just to spend a few moments with the woman who eventually married me.
I don't regret shirking an obligation to visit a sick friend in the hospital who was glad to see me.
I don't regret quitting a lucrative and secure job as a radio announcer to re-launch myself on the troubled sea of theatre because the job I had wasn't fulfilling.
I don't regret holding the book to help a famous actor who was desperately trying to learn the lines of a Broadway show he was taking on, even though I was scratching to make a living.
I don't regret going out of my way, when I was in a hurry, to retrieve the ball a young boy had lost over the fence of a playground.
I don't regret stepping out into the middle of the street and directing traffic to break up a traffic jam when there were no police around, even though I had no authority to do it.
I don't regret cutting my own fingers to rescue a dog stuck in a barbed wire fence.
Come to think of it, I've done a lot of "foolish" things in my life. So now I'm an old fool, I guess. Would I do any of those foolish things again? Try me.
May you find a treasure you didn't know you had.
Other side's opinion, short stance. (10)