There’s a lot of things that a person can do in five years.
- You can watch at least three Olympics (or participate in two if you’re an athlete – or participate in three if you’re a skilled summer-winter sports athlete).
- The average length of a professional football player’s career is five years.
- If your TV series has made it to five years, then it can be syndicated.
- You can attend college or university, and still have a year left over for graduate work.
- You can plant a tree and see a rising sapling in five years.
- You can purchase a car and – as long as you’ve made all your payments on time – have it paid off in five years.
- Your child can start kindergarten after five years of life.
- According to Star Trek, you could use those five years to explore new life and new civilization, to boldy go where no one has gone before.
- You could film five Saw movies.
- You could make one Cleopatra movie.
- You could get your friends together, have a hit with “California Dreamin’,” and eventually break up after recording your final album to complete your contract.
- Your thoroughbred horse can be born, have a racing career, and then go off to stud.
- You work your way from the New York-Penn League all the way to a starting lineup in Wrigley Field.
You can do every single one of these things.
Yesterday, my son Kris celebrated five years in a special way.
He earned a coin. A coin that has a triangle and a number “5” on the front, and a prayer of serenity on the back.
Think about this for a second. In all that time – five straight years – he has stayed true as a good-standing member of the friends of Bill W.
Congratulations, Kris. You made your old man proud of you every single day. I know it isn’t easy, and I know that temptation is always around the corner. But that’s why, for you, “One Day at a Time” isn’t just the name of a Netflix sitcom. But you’ve got a good solid support system of family and friends and sponsors, and I know you’ve used them every time there’s been the possibility of a slip.
Five years is a damn long time.
The next hurdle to achieve …
Is five years and one day.
And tomorrow, it’s five years and two days.
Keep this up. You are doing great.
You got this.