This thought was occasioned by Kay Fanning's Alaska Story that I started last night. She was the publisher of the Anchorage Daily News in the 60's and 70's. She died before finishing her memoir, but her daughter Katherine Field Stephan solicited personal stories from people who knew her well to round out the book. I attended high school with Kathy, as we knew her then. Her older brother, Ted, was there as well. In my mind today, I made a table (it was easier in my mind because I didn't have to use HTML). It looked something like this.
|Inducted Into Honor Society at East High||Attended East High|
|Attended Smith College||Dropped out of Anchorage Community College|
|Grew Up in Prestigious College Village Subdivision||Deliver Mail in Prestigious College Village Subdivision|
In my mind it was a little longer, funnier and had a pale yellow background.
Anyway, dwelling on someone else's talent and success is not particularly healthy
As the Desiderata (a poem cheesy enough to have been written by Rod Mckuen) says
If you compare yourself with others,So, just a final thought here, mostly because I can't make the block quote end without it; no, wait, that was all.
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.