That said, his earlier works did paint a much different picture. He was a political cartoonist for a liberal newspaper during World War I. His depictions were openly racist against Asians, Japanese in particular, due to the war. Later in his career, however, Seuss regretted his views and mending his ways, used his talents to then champion people of color.
He later told his biographers, Judith and Neil Morgan, that he wanted his last words to be “We can and must do better than this!”
I am encouraged by this evidence of Seuss’s change of heart. It shows that our early mistakes cannot and do not define us. As Maria Robinson said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
We are all works in progress. Our story is not over until we breathe our last, and not a moment before. No one knows how long our journey is in this life. Whether we are destined to run a marathon or the 100-year dash, we should never stop learning and seeing the world through different lenses. You can finish well, even if you had a crappy beginning. Start today, and always keep a sense of humor about you.