when i was great

an ebook by Ray Green


“Great story. Great title.
Great ending.”
“Somebody should make a movie or musical out of this.”
-ray's mom
“Loads of people going through some sort of midlife crisis nowadays.”
-ray’s wife
“The Olympics were just on and rugby is going to be in the 2016 summer games. Great timing.”
-everybody i’ve talked to
“It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and still move forward”
-Rocky Balboa
“That’s great!”
- (the should be, world famous) Captain Doctor Walter Heinecke

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I decided a long time ago that I was going to be GREAT. We were sitting on the couch watching the Olympics like we all did, living and dying a little with each moment, each defeat, each victory. The whole world was watching these great champions do such great things. Everybody was so proud of them. Tears always streamed down their faces during the national anthem. They must have been very proud. It was then that I decided someday I was going to be great like them.

I made a pretty good run at it too. It felt like I was almost great a couple of times a lifetime ago. Right now though, I’m violently vomiting as quietly as humanly possible on a random Tuesday night in the midst of my midlife crisis. I sure do miss being great. Hope the kids can’t hear this shit.

Being just another fat guy in a BMW* isn't the GREAT I had in mind.

* Tim Ferris is cool

Readers who may enjoy this

A, B, C and D list celebrities that I tweeted
I think you are great, cool and/or interesting.

You guys live out loud.  Me too now.
Persons who are or expect to be having a midlife crisis anytime soon
Things aren’t turning out quite as you were sure they would back in the late 80's, early 90's.
We were going to be big back then.
You'll like this.
My immediate and extended family, my friends and anyone that knows me personally

Warning - Probably WTMI (way to much information)
People who have it all figured out
This is not written for you, probably won't be a good read.

How hard i've been trying is kind of cute though, you may enjoy that.
Someone who has it all
(whether you know it or not)
and wants more.

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