Wednesday, November 24, 2010

What if?

Once upon a time (sorry, I couldn't resist) there was this Air Traffic Controller/Respiratory Therapist/Bartender/Greenskeeper/Musician/Radio control pilot/Christmas Light enthusiast who pondered his life and asked "What if I had done something different?  What if for the last 20 frickin years I had persued something a little more stable, like Floral arranging, or insurance sales?  What if I liked broccoli sprouts?  Would my life be better?"

The Greenskeeper in him liked this, but the Musician wanted to commit suicide. "You can't look back, man," the musician said.  "Just keep moving."

The Air Traffic Controller/Respiratory Therapist/Bartender/Greenskeeper/Musician/Radio Control Pilot/Christmas Light Enthusiast couldn't seem to get past it so he pondered some more.  "What if I had been that porn star I always dreamt of becoming? Is it too late?"

"You don't have the equipment," the Bartender said.  "Move on."

The Air Traffic Controller/Respiratory Therapist/Bartender/Greenskeeper/Musician/Radio Control Pilot/Christmas Light Enthusiast, dejected now, thought, "Maybe I should have gone back to school and become the real pilot I always wanted to be?  That would be cool."

The Christmas Light Enthusiast in him said, "Yeah!  You'd be able to see the Christmas lights from space!  Get over it.  Move on."

The Air Traffic Controller/Respiratory Therapist/Bartender/Greenskeeper/Musician/Radio Control Pilot/Christmas Light Enthusiast suddenly realized he could be anybody he wanted to be.  As long as it didn't involve doing something he loved.  As long as he could stumble through life, bored and unsatisfied, the sky was the limit!  There would be nothing that would hold him back.  Sitting and pondering where his new found attitude would take him, he suddenly had an epiphany.  "What if I do absolutely nothing?  That would be cool.  I'm close to retirement (ha), maybe I'll just start early."

The NON Air Traffic Controller/Respiratory Therapist/Bartender/Greenskeeper/Musician/Radio Control Pilot/Christmas Light Enthusiast WIFE said, "Bullshit, you need to work!"

So, he just decided to write.  Go figure.

2 comments:

kbjaxx said...

LOL...my NON [list stuff you love to do] WIFE thought you were talking about ME!!

Bartenders get to make some happy, some sad but the late night hours suck if you have a family.

RC flying is a blast, but it's a hard thing to make money at.

Greenskeeper at a is one that I could really get into but again, no much of a living with a family of 5 plus a dog. Lawn guys are not "greenskeepers"

Christmas Light Enthusiast!! Ok Clark, put down the lights and nobody gets hurt! When I ran out of things to put lights on at the house, I continued it at work. Thousands of people each year see my work and I am always amazed at the response. I would never want to make money at this because it's a passion and the joy that it brings the kids is payment enough.

The term "starving musician" ring a bell? I picked up the guitar I bought as a Christmas present for my wife many years back when I had finally run out of ideas and she dropped the "GUITAR" idea on me. As I predicted, she never played it and I was glad I didn't pay a lot for it. Then I heard "Be Like That" by 3 Doors Down on the radio and wondered if I could play it. My addiction grew, in fact consumed me to the point where I actually bought a really nice guitar. Its much more healthy than a cheeseburger.

I would add "Golfer" to the list. I love playing it but the thought of being on the road 45 weeks a year is not for me.

Pilot: The schedule is worse than I have now and I like sleeping in my own bed for most of the year.

Which leaves me with ATC. I knew I wanted to do it when I was 12. Dad said to me 5 years after I was hired "Son, I know very few people that actually get to do what they really love to do, I'm proud of you"

Richard C Hale said...

Let's go flying! I haven't had my hands on the sticks in over 10 months.

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