Henry David Thoreau said that “the masses of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Thoreau was one of my heroes. The guy spent a year in the woods just to “suck the marrow out of life.” I believed that he was probably right about the desperation thing, so, goal number one, don’t be in that quiet desperation group.
While I was growing up, the people I most enjoyed meeting, were the people that had the best stories. Most of the time they had great stories because they chose to live life on their own terms. They didn’t follow any blueprint. Now these weren’t necessarily the most successful people you would ever meet, the most educated, or even the most, shall we say, upstanding citizens. The problem that a lot of them had was that eventually their story would reach a point where things went downhill. It would end with a “and then we stole a car” or “and then we lit it on fire”. Don’t get me wrong, that still made for a really interesting story, but it also made for possible jail time. So, goal number two, have a story. (and avoid jail time)
Robert Frost said that taking the road less traveled “made all the difference.” I believed that he was right too. So thanks to Thoreau, Robert Frost, and in no small part, Patrick Swayze in Point Break, I took the three different college, no degree, EMT school, and technical school road. And it made all the difference, mostly in salary. But I did end up with good stories and unique experiences, and that’s really the point, isn’t it? I made some good choices along the way, the best one being marrying my wife. I made some bad ones too. The worst was going to see a Christian Slater movie called Hard Rain. I mean, it really felt like Christian Slater personally stole an hour and a half of my life, and then my wife stole another half hour of it by telling me in no uncertain terms that going to that movie was not her idea.
Anyway, in this blog I’d like to share my own stories (and some other assorted nonsense) with the three of you who meant to be here, and possibly that fourth guy if he’s still around. So, if you enjoy, tell a friend, and maybe in a month or two I will have upwards of twelve readers, and then we’ll really be rolling.