The one nugget from an all day seminar

Ladies and gentlemen, there truly is a hell on earth, and it aint Atlanta. Yesterday, I was a stuck from 8:30 AM to 6 PM in an all day, offsite, networking seminar. There was mingling, and sitting, and talking, and ALL the stuff we KNOW I loathe….  And to make matters worse, even though there were chocolate chip cookies, there was not a Diet Mtn Dew to be found! 
By the closing speaker I was ready to lay my little melon on the table and snooze. Had it NOT been for my new boss attending with me, I totally woulda been one of those who snuck out before the closing.  Since I was still there and almost awake, I was introduced to the one nugget of the day that will stay with me, the one thing that spoke to me….  

OK maybe two things. The first was a piece of advice the last speaker said he got from his dad as he was leaving for college his freshmen year: “Son,” his dad said, “We aren’t here for a long time, we are here for a good time! Make the most out of it!”  I didn’t get that advice when I left for college, but I think you will see we did our best to do just that in our short time at WSU!

Sorry, I digress!

This was the true nugget! A quote from Mark Twain:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Folks, no lie, I perked right up after hearing this.  The dude behind the mike kept droning on about something or other, but I kept reading this over and over.  When he went to the next PowerPoint slide, I fired up the laptop and Googled it so I wouldn’t forget it.

Why did it resonate so? Because it is why I do what I do!

I’ve said in more than one post that I know there will come a day when I can’t saddle up and ride anywhere I want. I will be an old curmudgeon in a rocking chair.

But, when that day happens, I want to be able to look back and tell story after story about what I had done.

Holding the bronze medal after the High Pass Challenge!

Faceplanting for climbing school!

Finished Reach the Beach

Funny thing, one of the other people who talked shared a photo like mine up there above the clouds on top of St Helens. He asked, “What is your St Helens moment” In my head I answered. “Dude, been there 5 times!”

Never once have I been sorry I have tried something (Except Kale! Kale is evil!) During rides like the Crater Lake Century I might question the sanity of the decision to do so, but in the end, I have never regretted it!

My Buddy Steve in 1995 asked me if I wanted to try to climb Mt Rainier. He single-handedly  launched Mountainstroh. I had YEARS of hiking and mountains because I leaped at the chance.

Carbon River Mt Rainier

Climbing out out from Camp Muir

When a good friend Angie asked me if I had ever wanted to run a 5K. This lead to years of running culminating with my first (and most likely ONLY (but then who knows)) half marathon! 

I ran well enough to complete my one and only Half a thon, 13.1 miles in just over 2 hours!

I tried to climb that big bastard of Mt. Rainier 4 times. Each time to no avail.

It’s hard to see, but that is one sad camper selfie…  But looking back, I am SO glad I tried, and the stories I can tell, and things I saw will never be taken away.

Faceplanting for climbing school!

Long probe looking for hidden crevasses

At 11500 ft, the Ingraham Glaicier, this monter was huge and the guide was NOT happy I wanted a picture!

Climbing out out from Camp Muir

Camp Muir, overnight camp for Summit push

I will never be happy that I didn’t summit, but I will never regret trying nor all the hiking trips I took to get ready for it!

And, let us not forget skydiving! My buddy Dave, here on the left, called and said, “Dude! We should totally skydive!” The rest was history! I’d do it again any time! 

I really shouldn’t have been upside down here!

But I stuck the landing!

Then there is wine!

Had you asked me back in the day if I would ever work in a wine tasting room and actually talk to people ALL day, I’da said HELL NO!! Now I do so all the time!

In short, looking back, I have done a pretty damn decent job of trying new things, accepting challenges and going on adventures! I anticipate being that old fart who says. “Did I ever tell you about….” and then prattle on and on! The goal of course is to have a helluva lot to prattle about!

So yep, even though yesterday was tedious and draining I DID get something out of it! I just wish they could’ve just emailed me instead of making me suffer for 9 hours!

Like the wind!!

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2 Responses to The one nugget from an all day seminar

  1. sarburch says:

    Ah yes, Mark Twain’s quite. That’s one of my favorites. There so much truth in it. Glad you’ve done lotsa things in your life. It sure does help with the deathbed regrets. In regards to kale…you’ve never had Sarah’s Salty Kale Chips, have you? You can’t dis kale until you’ve tried ’em.

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