Live and Learn / by James Curran

"And I still wont grow up, I'm a grown a** kid

Swear I should be locked up for stupid shiz* that I did

But I'm a champion, so I turned tragedy to triumph

Make music that's fire, spit my soul through the wire"

Kanye West -Through The Wire (edited for jamesthemormon readers)

These lyrics hit home as I think about my progression through life.

What is life about honestly?

It's about learning from your past and making your future that much brighter. So many lessons have been learned, but I'm still learning.

The biggest/hardest lesson I've had to learn is when to let go. When to let go of guilt. When to let go of grudges, and when to let go of people who you think love you, but only hold you back in your eternal progression.

6 years ago my brother converted to Islam. At the same time my mother stopped talking to him because she claims she has "nothing to say". Each week for almost 5 years he wrote her a loving letter pleading with her to speak with him and to be a part of his newlywed family's life. After 7 years of zero response he's given up, realizing his efforts were keeping him from moving on and being happy. Although I don't ever condone giving up .....