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Life as Ricochet.

A friend of mine had his entire life change direction because of a single human hair. And that got me thinking.


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Date: 2011-05-17 10:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flemco
That was a damn good read. You and I have a fair amount in common, philosophically.

To share:

My life changed because of a police helicopter hovering over my house at 4 am, yelling Spanish out of the loudspeaker. It woke me up. It got me thinking. I still don't know who they were ordering to arriba sus manos near my house.
I'd grown up in Southern Cali. With the exception of a few surf weekends in Mexico, a few quick trips to Mormon places like Utah and Nevada, and one staggeringly fine vacation in Hawaii, I'd spent my entire life in the confines of Southern California. I honestly thought everywhere in the continental United States would be the same as SoCal. Throughout the years, my dreams had been hammered flat by reality - I'd accepted that I'd never be a writer, never be a cartoonist, and the job I had working at the Texaco oil refinery was probably going to be my life career. My fiancee's family had moved to Texas a year prior, and we'd been working on moving her back to SoCal to be with me.
The day after I heard those helicopter cops, I called her up with a new plan. A month later, I quit my job, packed my meager pile of shit, said goodbye to my family, and moved halfway across the USA to a place I'd heard legends about, but never even seen. I arrived in Texas with 5 changes of clothes, my guitar, no job, and no idea what the fuck I was doing. I was 20 years old.
That fiancée and I never wedded, but I stayed in Texas because I love the place. I've also learned to go adventuring. To not fear a place I've never been - no, to look forward to exploring it. I've learned that sometimes the best adventures are the ones that you are wholly unprepared for, wandering as a stranger in a place you never expected to visit, and making new friends and enemies. As you succinctly put it recently, "always say yes." Take a chance. Nobody ever lies on their deathbed thinking "At least I worked a 50 hour a week job until retirement and sat around in comfortable boredom." No elderly person I've talked to says "Yeah, I sure did watch a lot of television" proudly. I interviewed 4 octegenarians at a retirement home in 2006 for a mss I was working on, and they all said the same thing regarding regrets:
They regretted the things they hadn't done.
They didn't regret many, if any, of the things they'd done.
They all lamented that they'd spent too much time working and not enough enjoying life.
They noted that love, more than anything else, more than any other emotion, is important. Love of family, friends, life.

I learned a lot from those interviews.

Life is too fucking long. But it's also too fucking short. Not enough people get the fuck out there and live. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure keeps them down. Fuck it. Fuck those fears. Try to make your life wondrous instead. You only get one chance at this. And when shit doesn't go according to plan, hey! New opportunities arise.

So, care to st up a monastery for adherents to hedonism and adventure?

Date: 2011-05-20 06:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] flemco
Should be seeing the UK sometime in the next two years. Unlike my regular jaunts to other places, the UK is a fairly lengthy time-burn just to get there and back, as you know full well. For about half the cost, I could more easily head down to the Bahamas or Central America. BUT! I have too many fambly and friends there, so we ARE working on getting over to London at the very least.

Date: 2011-05-18 05:17 am (UTC)
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Well, that was a depressing read before my first coffee.

Date: 2011-05-18 06:18 am (UTC)
greylock: Raist (Default)
From: [personal profile] greylock
Oh come on, it wasn't that bad.

Probably says more about me than the actual content.

It does make me wonder if I should adopt hard and fast style rules for the site though.

Probably, but I suspect they will evolve naturally over time.

Date: 2011-05-18 06:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] reddragdiva
... Fucking hell. I just read the Cooktown visit one.

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Date: 2011-05-19 04:21 pm (UTC)
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