Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Clown

This is one of my favorite pictures It was taken when I was in my mid-40's and also the year I decided to 'stay '31' for the rest of my life;. A trick I learned from a client while I was working in a retirement communty in Reno as a 'hair-burner'...I mean hair stylist.

Her name was Lucille. One day she came bopping into the salon for her Friday morning appointmet wearing slacks, a sweater thrown over her shoulder, and carrying a crossward puzzle book. She was grumbling that she was tired of living around these 'old dodos'. When I started laughing, she asked what I thought was so funny.

I thought it was hilarious that a woman, about to fly off by herself to Seattle to a pary that was going to be given in her honor to celebrate her 90th birthday would say something like that about people who so much younger in years than she was.

She said words that I'll never forget. "Pick a number you like and stay that number for the rest of your life. Your body will get older but you won't. You are not your body. People get hung up on a number and buy into it." Thank you, Lucille...wherever you are.

At the time, 31 sounded good to me. It was an age where I was old enough to know better and young enough to keep my mind open to new things. This picture represents the 'inner kid' being let out and having fun. Hey...laughter and fun is what's gotten me over the rough spots. How old will I be my next birthday? 31...of course. LOL

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Moonshooter

When I first heard the Les Brown saying "Shoot for the moon and if you miss you'll still end up in the stars." it immediately became one of my favorites. Why? It got me to thinking...which happens to be one of my favorite hobbies, by the way...of my goals.. The first thought that came to mind was, when aiming at a goal that seems as far away as the moon, even if I miss the target, I'll be higher than I would have been if I hadn't tried.

That's cool...as far as it goes. Do i have clearly defined goals, I I wondered? Hmmm. What if... I boarded a plane on the east coast and I was certain that I wanted to go to Los Angeles on the west coast. Suddenly, I heard the pilot's voice announcing on the overhead speakers, "I have good news and bad news. I'll give you the bad news first. This plane won't be landing in LA (the moon). The good news is that you'll still be somewhere on the west coast (the stars). I want to thank you all for traveling Uncertainty Airlines with us. Our motto is, "If you don't know where you're going, any plane will get you there."

Now that I've decided where I want to go, I'm at the controls and learning how to fly my own plane. The destination is far...but I'm looking forward to the fun I'll be having along the way. By the way, I've named my plane Certainty cause I thought it was kinda catchy. Where am I headed? It's a Secret. Hey, Victoria has her's ..and I have mine. LOL Welcome aboard.

Hey, Sara. This blogging stuff is fun.
Shhhhhh. John, you dummy, don't type so loud. You forgot to turn off the mic. Everone can hear you.