Oh, the places you will go | LPGA


Snow caps and canyons, red rocks and brushy terrain – these are some of the sights I saw when the captain announced, “We’ll be landing in St. George, Utah in a few minutes. Air hostesses prepare to land.

I looked at the land we were descending to in complete amazement. A few hours earlier, I had seen cow pastures around the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Now all I saw were endless red mountains and deep valleys. Without even realizing it, I whispered to myself, “Oh, the places you’ll go.” It was something I hadn’t thought of, but it naturally suited this experience.

After a quick landing, I got up to grab my backpack and step out into this Wild West frontier. The passenger behind me said, “What day did you leave?” A bit confused, I asked what he was referring to. He pointed to my hat and said, “Master’s house, what day did you go there?” Before long, we were deep in conversation about golf and what brought us each to this tourist destination. None of us were there for the tours offered at Zion National Park. He’s in Utah for work and I was there too, although often it doesn’t feel like it. My new friend was quick to point this out. Once I shared with him that I was here for a pro golf tournament, he replied, “Wow places I bet you can go.”

In response, I smiled and thought, “Oh, the places you’ll go.” It took me back to my high school graduation almost six years ago. After spinning my pom pom and receiving my diploma, my family and I went home to celebrate. According to tradition, each member of the family wrote me a letter of advice which was to be read that evening. Each had their own unique perspective that reflected their personality. For today, I’m going to focus on the words that my older sister, Devon, shared with me.

By June 2016, Devon had completed her Masters in Teaching and was preparing to begin her career in education. Like a true teacher, she associated a book with her letter. The book? “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. At that time, my eyes were set on the next few years at the University of North Carolina. I didn’t think much further than that. The rest of my family, Devon in particular, had more in mind. I read Dr. Seuss’ wise words that night and hadn’t touched the book since. However, after my whisper from seat 2A flying over mountains that looked like a Dr. Seuss town, it felt like it was time to open that book again.

When I got to my hotel room, I downloaded “Oh the Places You’ll Go”. I’ve always considered Dr. Seuss clumsy, his work filled with alliteration and rhyme that reflects a child’s mind. The joke is on me. Of all the inspirational works I have read, this might be at the top.

Who would have thought that of all the books I bought, Dr. Seuss would be the one I was looking for the most?

Behind Seuss’ childish rhymes are life lessons we all need to find.

With rhythm and spirit, it covers everything from the initial ascent to our biggest first fall.

I would say it myself, but Seuss says it much better, even going beyond my sister’s own letter.

So here are my highlights of a book of great insight.

“You are going to go up! You will see some great sights! You will join the high flyers who fly to the heights.

“I’m sorry to say this but unfortunately it’s true that Bang-Ups and Hang-Ups can happen to you…

“You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lit. But most of the time they are dark.

“A place where you could sprain both your elbow and your chin!”

“Do you dare to stay outside? Do you dare to come in?

“How much can you lose? How much can you win?” …

“With the flapping of the banners, once again you will ride high!” » …

“Oh the places you will go! It’s fun to do!

“There are points to be noted. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winningest winner of all.

“Notoriety! You’ll be as famous as you can be, with the whole world watching you win on TV.

“Except when they don’t. Because sometimes they won’t.

“I’m afraid that sometimes you also play solitary games. Games you can’t win because you’ll be playing against yourself.

“All alone! Whether you like it or not. Alone will be something you will be very much.

Looking at the mountains of Utah and thinking of the years that have passed since my sister’s gift, an addition to Seuss’ words came to mind.

Oh the places I’ve been, and the people I’ve met

The lessons I’ve learned, and the ones that still come,

I soared high in the sky with my greatest accomplishments,

Then I dropped to the floor in painful mourning.

I walked through dark tunnels, with no light in sight,

And met two young women in a similar situation.

Where shall we go, three golfers named Brynn?

Me, me and me, taking life on the chin.

On a journey together, and alone with just me,

I looked deeply at myself, and others who are

Around me on tour, on the road and at home,

Sometimes alone, but never alone.

Maybe that’s the person I needed to see,

Climb more mountains, me, me and me.

It would be a shame not to mention the reasons,

For all those trips through all those seasons.

It’s chasing after a bullet, mile after mile,

Love the game, especially bringing a smile.

So thanks for listening, and now you all know,

How does it feel when I say, Oh, the places we go!



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