Actually, those two things both happened today! Yet, neither happened today!
What am I talking about this time?
Well, I *hope and dream* to take a Hot-Air Balloon ride some day. My ideal dream would be to go to the huge Hot-Air Balloon festival in Albuquerque. Call it a bucket-list item of mine. So how did I take that balloon ride in a basket? Vicariously, through another Sparker!! Oh yeah!! People living their dreams, making things happen for themselves. In this case, it's a couple, and they are taking this journey side-by-side, no stopping them! I have the feeling she'll be ziplining, oh, about this time next year! Anyway, for a real treat:
So that's how I got up there for the view. It's an interesting thing, a different perspective.... It can highlight the things I've simply never noticed before, expand the slice of my heart that is devoted to making my life, and the lives of my family and friends better. A different perspective also can more fully cement those things we hold most true. I remember the words from my critical thinking professor: "Be the rusty weathervane! Don't swing wildly with every slight breeze, but be open to the stronger winds of new information, new ideas..." I liked that. Your core values become stronger as your mind opens to new ideas, allowing you to bend without breaking!
OK, let's deal with the next part. Some of my friends here know my age and FIFTY-FIVE AIN'T IT!! But for a very small slice of time this morning, I was a 55-year-old. Now, I don't have the slightest thing against being 55, kinda cool numbers - two 5's and all, but it's the way I got there!
I am back in college, working toward moving from software engineer to health information technology/health information management. LOVING IT, BTW! Anyway, I have to go full-time which means Summer I and Summer II. Five weeks each, and the course material that is taught normally over the span of a semester is inhaled at great speed. That's cool. I have one heavy lifting class, Anatomy and Physiology I (dissecting tomorrow in lab - GAH!). My other class, which is required, is a public speaking class. No problem, 26 years in the work force included plenty o' presentations and I even taught technical classes (to customers!). So today is the first day for this class, we did normal first day things and then she paired us up so we could do a warm-up speech, introducing our new classmate. My buddy is a delightful young fella, we interviewed each other for our bio's, and then he asked, "How old are you?" (Yeah, as I said.... he's young yet...) I joked back, "I don't think we need to include that!" He said, "How about if I guess!?"
Well, hahaha on me!!
My thoughts immediately went to, "You know, self, you've lost 29.5 pounds since January 10th. You're looking pretty good. Go ahead, let him guess..." so I agreed.
He Laid Six More Years On Me - not counting the three months it'll take to get to 49!!
May I have a "GAH!!!" ??!!!!!!!!! How about "Ouch!" ?!!! Pfffffft, there goes the vanity out the window.
I think I said something along the lines of, "WHAT???!!!! NO! I AM *NOT* 55!!"
Him: "Oh, well, your kids are grown and 26 years in the workforce and all. I just tried to add it all up. (pause) Sorry?"
** during the earlier exchange, he'd said his major is Criminal Justice **
Me: "I think you just made your first "bust", kid... 'cause that was a BUST!"