Labyrinth of Fun

I decided to visit the labyrinth and garden located behind Madison Hospital in Madison, Alabama.

I was talking to one of the gardeners and he walked though the herb garden with me.  He told me about each of the plants and then we would break off a leaf to smell it.

The herb garden was full of amazing smells.  The cilantro had a very strong scent.  The chocolate mint smelled like a York Peppermint Patty.

I learned a lot and had a wonderful time.

I Did It Anyway

My life has been full of interesting adventures, because I jump at opportunities when they are presented.  When I am scared or nervous, I do it anyway.  When I think I can’t do something, I do it anyway.  When I think I will probably fail (which happens sometimes), I do it anyway.

Here are a few examples:

  •  Learned a second language
  • Started my own business
  • Attended a protest
  • Was in a play
  • Rode in an airboat
  • Stated taking karate classes
  • Participated in the Polar Bear Plunge
  • Put a giant snake around my neck
  • Published a book
  • Traveled the world
  • Touched a live shark
  • Visited a snake handling church
  • Got a PhD

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My Personal Legend

This book is about a young man seeking his personal legend (following his dreams).

While I was reading the book, I spent a good deal of time thinking about my own personal legend.

I enjoy reading, traveling, and seeking out unique adventures.  I also enjoy writing about my adventures, my life, and my thoughts on various subjects.

At this point in my life, I am able to do all these things.  I feel like I am living my own personal legend.

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Exploring Abandoned Buildings

I love to explore abandoned buildings, much to the dismay of my mother.

There is something about walking through them and wondering what stories they might be able to tell.  I also wonder about what happened after they fell into disrepair.

In this building, I found a large circle made out of rocks.  What was the purpose for this?  Was it a group of Wiccans?  Was it a bunch of teenagers trying to rebel against their religious upbringing by experiencing with the occult?

The building knows all these answers, but it will never tell.

 

It’s my Birthday and I Want to Have a Mid-Life Crisis

I am 45 years old today and I am ready to have a mid-life crisis.  Here are a few of the things I am considering.

  1. Marring a rockstar
  2. Taking part in a brawl
  3. Buying a Harley-Davidson
  4. Becoming a stand-up comedian
  5. Becoming a cryptozoologist
  6. Becoming a NASCAR driver
  7. Becoming a volunteer firefighter
  8. Learning to play the drums

Do you have any ideas for my mid-life crisis?  Let me know in the comment section.

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Lost in Moscow

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When I lived in Moscow, Russia, I used the public transportation system to get around the city.  One day, I accidentally got on the wrong bus and ended up in the middle of nowhere.

I was completely lost.  I looked around and saw a field with some trees.  There was a two lane road, but I didn’t see anything in the distance.

I thought about my predicament for a while.  This was in the mid 90’s, so I didn’t have a cell phone.  Also, there wasn’t a payphone in the area.

I decided to hitchhike to the nearest subway station.  I was very familiar with the subway lines and had a map, so I knew I could get home if I could just get to the subway station.

It was the best plan I could come up with at the time and it worked.  I made it home and felt very relieved.

A few days later, I talked to my mom on the phone and told her the story.  She was not enthused.  I got a lecture about being safe and other stuff like that.

A Writer’s Work is Never Done

Writers spend a lot of time writing, but that’s only part of the job.

Writers must also read constantly.  They should read books, magazines, news articles, fiction, and non-fiction.

Writers need to go out into the world and explore.  Writers need to try new things and have adventures.  If you spend all your time locked up in your house reading or writing, what will you have to write about?

One major benefit of being a writer, I can turn anything into a work related activity.  If I spent the whole day reading, I was working.  Going to the movies, museums, hiking, amusement parks, and having all sorts of adventures may be fun, but it is also research.

As a writer, my brain is always thinking about how I would describe everything I see, hear, or do.

I am a writer and I am always working.

 

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