When I was young, I was blessed with an IQ of around 160 and a near total recall memory. I had life dicked man. I knew stuff faster and easier than most anyone I ever knew, and
I could look at a book or a blackboard and remember what was written there, forever. Taking tests was so easy, that I never even tried to do better. The problem with all that was
that I never really learned anything, I just remembered stuff.
It's like I wanted to be an auto mechanic and build a race car. So I read every book I could to learn how to do it. One summer when I was 17, I bought my sister's old Falcon and
tore it apart and built an A Altered drag racer out of it. I went thru college like crap thru a goose, that was easy. I became an x-ray tech, then through further study a CT and MRI
tech. When I went to training for MRI in Spokane, I went through the system they had, looked it over, saw how it ran and what I had to physically do, to get the patient's scan done.
Then the next day, I took all their books back to the hotel and learned quantum physics that day. I learned the how it ran and how it worked and then I started ready journals from
other sites and how they did things. Then when I went back to their MRI, in two days, I was teaching them and showing them new stuff about their own system. That is how lucky
Over the years, I taught myself Bass guitar, lead guitar, jazz guitar, piano, song writing, saxophone and some other stuff. All of this because I wanted to be a musician in a road band.
Then I wanted to be a Bass fisherman. So I read everything about it and studied, and bought a boat and learned techniques that would help me win Bass tournaments. And I did.
Then I taught myself how to be a marine mechanic and rebuild boat motors. I did that for a while.
I then taught myself PC repair and coding and networking. Opened a shop and then made that into something bigger. Then tired of it and sold it all.
I thought up stuff along the way and built and made new things and sold them.
Through all of this though, I had an insatiable appetite for drugs. I loved the effect they had on me. So I did lots of them. I also loved to fist fight when I was in school in my early
years. So I got into a lot of them. I took and gave. I had some really bad ones with some really tough guys and had severe injuries from fighting and riding motorcycles. During
all of this I had many head injuries and bone injuries.
So why am I telling you guys this? Because I just hope that I can stop one guy from all the agony I am living through now. I have what the old football players are showing up with
now. My memory is going fast, I have tremblings that come and go, my eyesight is failing, I can't taste food anymore, I can hardly walk a block without terrible pain in my legs and
back. I have migraines all day, every day. I have heart flutters that make me dizzy. All the stuff that I memorized through my years is going or gone. I can't sleep without heavy
medication that leaves me in a stupor all day. I have pain inside my head that won't go away. I have a ringing in my ears that is so loud, it actually drowns out the sound of people
talking to me.
I lost everything to drugs. Now I am only 62 years old, and I won't live to see 70. I really don't see how the Rolling Stones are still alive after all the drugs they did. Other old rockers
also. But I am here to tell you this. You may think it is fun now, but you are going to have to pay dearly to ride this train. Because the toll you pay, comes at the end, not when you
get on. God said your body was a temple and should be treated as such. I treated mine like a punching bag. You ever see a new heavy bag that boxers use? It's all shiny and clean
and firm and can stand up to the hardest of blows. But look at that same bag after 5 years of constant punching. The leather is torn and sagged and it won't take a punch anymore.
It just hangs loosely over in the corner until someone buries it in the trash heap. That's what I did to my body and now I am just hanging on in the corner until trash day.
Please, just one of you guys remember this and pass it on and just take care of your temple. You are building for the future, not everything good happens to you when you are young.
"We all die two deaths. One when the breath leaves our body, and one when the last person says our name. When that happens...we are forgotten"