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Learn IRA Basics, new 2020 rules for IRAs, and answers to frequently asked IRA questions at JAVA with JVB, on Tuesday, February 25, at 12:15 pm, at the JVB Coudersport office on East Second Street. Light refreshments will be served along with Java, of course! See you there!

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Learn IRA Basics, new 2020 rules for IRAs, and answers to frequently asked IRA questions at JAVA with JVB, on Tuesday, February 25, at 12:15 pm, at the JVB Coudersport office on East Second Street. Light refreshments will be served along with Java, of course! See you there!

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bill Pekarski: Day 150, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 150, Living life on my terms.


I just spent the last hour looking over all of my writings in the “Living life on my terms” project and I am amazed at what it has become.

What started out as a way to help myself focus on improving my own health and awareness has become a historical and inspirational focus on the people, places, and happenings around all of us. I enjoy celebrating the people and events that have shaped us as well as trying to offer advice and hope for people who need it. When I look around and see people hurting it makes me realize how lucky I am to have the gift of words and an outlet to reach so many.

Now I am here at day 150; that is 150 days of progress and moving forward with my life. I have to chuckle when I look at my first few writings compared to what I am doing now. The quality of my writing has, in my humble opinion, greatly improved. I enjoy recognizing and honoring the everyday things and the common man (or woman).

The letters, cards, phone calls, and messages I receive continue to inspire me and refresh my spirit. Honestly, I feel insignificant when compared to most of my subject matters, so when I receive the positive feedback it is truly appreciated.

I think the greatest outcome is when people read my stories and then take action to appreciate and sometimes reconnect with others in their own lives. I have heard from many who have received “thinking of you” style cards and letters. That simple act of kindness meant so much to them and brightened their day.

Maybe I focus too much on the past, but I feel that it is important to understand and pay homage to the past because that is what makes us who we are today. Of course, deep down I really hope that much of what is gone could reincarnate to the present. It may seem to be cliché, but you really don’t know what you’ve got until it is gone.

On day one, I recognized the staff at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital for everything they did to finally get my lungs clear and functioning better. Since that stay, I have continued to improve and manage to stay away from being an inpatient. Nothing I have done would have been possible without them.

The first person that I honored was my best friend growing up, Tony Mack. Every time I hear the Loverboy song “Turn Me Loose” I picture cruising around in his van. I think his memory will always inspire me.

I have dedicated many days to my mother and father. They did their best to raise a family through difficult times; often forgoing their own needs and wants in order to provide for us. I could actually justify dedicating every day to them.

I have been influenced by many different teachers over the years and I have been able to write about many of them. Luckily, there are many more stories waiting to be recorded and shared.

Some of my stories have allowed me to introduce friends from throughout my life to people with whom they might not ever meet otherwise. It is a pleasure for me to be able to write about them so everyone can get an appreciation of just how wonderful they are.

Then there is community. The idea of community encapsulates so much more than just an area. It is the people, businesses, and events of our everyday lives that enrich each of us. Personally, I am nothing without my community of Coudersport and Potter County. I am proud to be a mountain boy who played in the creek, baled hay in the fields, sat outside at night listening to the peepers and looked at the stars while dreaming about what could be.

Today I dedicate my progress to 150 days of people and memories, as well as the multitude that are waiting to be written in future days. I want to thank everyone for all of the support given to me throughout this quest. As I said on day one; “I just ask you to continue to pray and walk beside me!”

1 comment :

Carol said...

I so enjoy reading your posts.. I now live in California, but was born and raised in Roulette and knew your Mother and family.
Will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. Thank you.