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I AM for scuba!!!!

Monday, October 20th, 2014

This was an old post, just resurrecting my blog… Yesterday I finished my classes for scuba training and am now a Padi certified diver! Wow how time flies! That was almost 2 full years ago. I have now not only been fully certified, I’ve gotten married, dove in Tahiti with sharks (the Polynesian variety are very friendly; you can tell by the fact that you exit the water with all your limbs still attached). We are now starting off on the next exciting chapter of our lives. I think it is going to become pretty entertaining as Kat and I are exploring a new adventure together. Working out the details, but as soon as we are able we will be sure to make a HUGE announcement. Just some good thoughts sent our way if you would, we need to secure the financing and then…

It’s going to be good! BTW, we will only bug you a little bit to support our new endeavour. Something everyone can (and does) use almost daily.

Keep your eyes open, I’m going to try to resurrect this here bloggy thing and see what I can make of it. Now THAT is going to be… I’ll let you fill in the blank.


Smooth new beginnings are a nice change…

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Once again I’ve been a bit quiet for awhile. Not because I didn’t have much to say, but because I wasn’t sure what parts to share and exactly how. Several weeks back, through (yes, online dating, I can hear you already, but just give it a chance here) I met someone and we went out on a hike. From the first moment I met her I had a feeling there was something different about her. Our hike ended and we decided to get a bite to eat and ended up in downtown Prescott. After several failed attempts at finding someplace that was both open, and sounded appealing, we found ourselves at Taj Mahal.

Great conversation, wonderful food, and a beautiful lady sharing it all with me, it was definitely a day that I would remember. During dinner she made a comment about “next time” and I responded (not quite with the intonation I had intended) with a query about there being a next time, she thought maybe I wasn’t sure I wanted one. Oh, how mistaken she was, inside I was thrilled of that possibility and couldn’t wait for that chance.

It turned out I didn’t have to wait that long as we got together later that week for dinner after she got off work. Once again we had a wonderful time and the conversation just flowed smoothly across quite a range of topics. We determined our parents are quite similar, though our own backgrounds are quite diverse. That has been a good thing as I think we are both learning from the other about things, some we knew we had an interest in and having someone to show us more about it is always wonderful, and other things that we had never considered for our own lives, but hearing about it now makes it interesting and something to explore together.

Through all of it, things have just felt smooth and comfortable. In the past, meeting someone new and exploring whatever might develop has always seemed to have at least some sort of hesitation. Most times (for me at least) it was something I felt, but pushed it down as simply nervousness, or trying to find the flaw in why things shouldn’t progress. Each time I would ignore those feelings (even as they continued to grow) and pursue the relationship, always with a feeling in the pit of my stomach that something wasn’t right.

It’s refreshing to not have that feeling, I don’t think I’ve started any other relationship without at least a little bit of that, even one’s I pushed for and tried to explain why it was “so right” for us to continue, knowing that quite possibly I was attempting to convince myself more than the other person. This time around I just feel comfortable, for the first time I haven’t had any of the second guessing in discussing anything with her. From topics that I would find ever excuse to not bring up with other’s in my past, with her I find myself wanting and quite often even needing to tell her now. Mostly because I am afraid if I ever held any of it back, and she found out later, maybe it would hurt our chances. Open communication and the ability to always feel confident in knowing what I have to say will be regarded as a chance to grow together instead of something negative is a nice trait to find in someone.

Nobody knows how long something will last, or where things may lead. The one thing I do know right now, is how thankful I am for everything in my past. Every choice I have ever made is the reason for me being here right now, with a possibility for something amazing. Who knows where it may lead, but what I do know is that I hope it leads to many years of learning about her, having her learn about me, and both of us growing and learning together. She’s an amazing woman, who is beautiful, smart, intelligent, and who can bring a smile to my face by a text or phone call and more often than she realizes, by the simple anticipation of seeing her again.

Moving ¬†forward, hoping this is the start of something that makes other’s jealous and maybe even envious of us.


Life… is it what it is?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Life is… How would you end that sentence? Funny? Hard? Interesting? Strange? Whatever your answer may be, I’d be willing to bet those around you may answer it differently. Even possibly more interesting, if you asked those around you to answer that question for you, once again, the answers would probably be quite varied, and often contradictory.

Life is… life. It’s what happens while you make other plans. You never know what direction your life may take, or what new adventures may suddenly be placed on your path. As with my previous posts lately, all I would suggest, is that you do whatever you can to make it fun. If you suddenly find yourself exploring some new aspect of your life, enjoy every minute of it. It could just be the start of a long and wondrous new adventure, a short “plot twist”, or it possibly even a small sub-text to something larger.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have (and be) the participant of all of those very recently. Some of them I wrote about here (though a bit cryptically at times) and some I’ve kept to myself. One thing I’ve learned (again as it were) is that quite often you think something going on in your life fits into one of the aforementioned categories, only to discover, in hindsight, that it was something completely different. Being willing and able to acknowledge these “discrepancies” in what you thought was reality is exactly what is required to keep exploring new and exciting things.

Just a few weeks ago I was in a completely different mindset, and am still amazed at how quickly ones perspective can become adjusted to realize that you need to adjust your perspective. A recent project for the photography group I am a part of was in fact perspective (not sure if I’ve written about that yet or not). But we were challenged with taking photos of the local courthouse square, from a different perspective. That is a good assignment to give yourself in your everyday life. Take a look at things going on from a new perspective. Be willing to the accept the fact that maybe something right in front of you really is what it appears to be. But also be prepared to open your mind a bit to it maybe even being something more (or possibly less).

Once again, as I look back at what I just wrote I realize it is again cryptic. I guess I just like writing to make people think, and allow what I write to be broadly applied to possibly allow more people to apply it to whatever their current life is dealing them. Examine where you are, what is going on, and quite possibly, you may discover something staring you right in the face, that you hadn’t even realized was there.

What IS your life?