Oh, the Places You’ll Go

I am tired. I head out this weekend for work and ran errands all day, and took care of some business. I donated plasma too (that will make you tired right there). I also treated myself to an hour long massage with my monthly Massage Envy membership since I workout a lot and body is taking a beating coaching gymnastics. It’s late and I am ready for bed! I assume you are too. So…

Per Quote of the Day from Dr. Seuss, let’s keep the theme going and share a bedtime story together and reminiscence about the good old days laying in bed reading with our Mom or Dad (I think I am a little homesick)!


Oh, the Places You’ll Go

By: Dr. Seuss

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.


You’ll be on y our way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

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

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike,
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
You’re off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!


I actually have a Dr. Seuss water bottle by Tervis with some of the lines from this story on it plus it brings me back to my childhood (I still love going to the library and reading my favorite children’s books). This is the water bottle I take with me when I travel because of the message. Oh, the Places You’ll Go story truly speaks to me about getting up and going! And doing. And seeing. And exploring. And both trying and failing in life and the directions we take that lead us to where and where we have been. My parents taught me to do what I want, go for what I want and to know that I am good enough to do it! At this point in my life (almost 30 years old) I still have conversations about life’s journey (what I am doing with my life) with my Mama. What a wonderful thing our journey of life really is when you think about it. Take a minute. Think about where you are at and how far you have come. What have achieved? What have you have left behind? All the paths and experiences that we took have lead us to where we are right now in our lives. No matter what path or direction we take it is all about the journey.

Tervis said it right that Dr. Seuss has inspired generations with Oh, The Places You’ ll Go. I love this water bottle because it really does go with me wherever I go…and I go a lot of places! Now you can take its classic message with you wherever you go too if you want to buy one. It makes a great gift for a grad, child, or for those on the move like myself! I have several of these water bottles and they are well worth the investment because I don’t buy cases of water. It is such a waste and filling up landfills everywhere. I do not do many “green” things but one them is reusing water bottles. Buying cases of water and individual bottles is expensive. Plus, they are filled with unhealthy BPA and who knows what other chemicals. I will do a post some time about why I have five Tervis bottles but just know it is money well spent and you won’t be disappointed (I am trying to score a discount code to share with you)! Want to buy this bottle? Click here to shop Tervis!




Best places to go big or small, close or far? That’s all the Dr. Seuss I can strum up at the moment. Someday, I will travel the world because there are so many places to go! We will save that for another day.



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