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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!