Writing about observations, ideas, challenges, and people that I find remarkable.
What Is Your Relationship with Impossible?
Every day we are faced with opportunities and challenges. Sometimes these chances are disguised as challenges, or challenges are masquerading as opportunities, and most of the time they are both, depending on your view of the world.
Surviving the Immediate
I start with this disclaimer: I believe climate change is real and that our unchecked production, use, and disposal of carbon from the burning of fossil fuels is the greatest threat to the long term survival of the planet. If you disagree, you can stop reading here and save yourself ten minutes of frustration.
The Rabbit Hole of Perfection
Every generation has been sold a bill of goods about how they should strive to live their lives. In the 1970s, people were promised a life of leisure and freedom at 55, if they worked hard for 35 years with the same employer. In the 90s the myth of perpetual prosperity abounded. One of the great lies of the 21st century is that we should continuously strive for perfection. Be the best you can be.
Life Isn't Meant to Be Straight Lines
On the road less traveled, life becomes an adventure. We spend so much time planning to live that we miss the opportunity to experience our existence on our terms. If we don't take control, we end up giving it to someone who likely doesn't have your highest and best interest in mind.
Freddie Mercury Broke Me
I grew up in a time when "men were supposed to be men." I often heard my father say, "stop your crying or I will give you something to cry about." Emotion was something to be squashed and tamped down not worn on your sleeve and let out for the world to see. Emotions and emotional outbursts were a sign of weakness. I soon imagined that I couldn't let him or my friends see me as weak or I would be mocked and ridiculed. Avoiding situations and circumstances where I may get emotional became a standard procedure. I missed so much, bypassed so many opportunities and dismissed so many overtures to protect myself. I wasn't always successful, but the effort it took to be removed was exhausting.