When I was a young man I used to go outside on our second floor porch, my house was on J Street in Hull. I would go to my space ship console and set the course to Mars or some other heavenly body. I would insert my Pastrami sandwich, carefully wrapped in aluminum foil, in the cooking portal so it would be ready when I left Earth. I took several trips a week. My Space Ship was a broken down dryer and the cooking portal was the inside of the same – it was 1975. I look back on that precious childhood time that was filled with little responsibility and I miss it sometimes. In the following months I would leave that behind to start the sixth grade and to become a clam digger in the morning on Nantasket beach to help feed my family. With responsibility I lost some of the wonder, and that is too bad.
We ended up moving to Quincy, MA. When in Quincy my love for knowledge and exploration returned with a vengeance. I bored my friends discussing the motion and speed of objects falling in a vacuum and many other topics. I would stay up at night to catch meteor showers and experiment with different chemicals. I wrote my first computer programs at Quincy High School (not North Quincy High). Life became wonderful again for a while.
I would have many more sections of my life or better put seasons into my late 20’s. From University to starting several failed and successful companies. It occurred to me in Concord, NH that it was all a lie. Well that is strong – maybe it was just a misinterpretation. In fact we could bend our life or lives in such ways that in short periods of time we could amass countless memories that were boundless and basically a multiple life existence that did not only impact our friends or families but many people and communities around the globe that we never met or interacted with.
This becomes important if you consider that so many people feel helpless because they feel trapped into a single existence. However, this is a myth we can change or bend reality. We can do many things and really have no boundaries except those that we impose on ourselves. People should experiment with this because once you realize that you are in control of your destiny the world opens up to you. You start to gather experiences at such a high rate that it can be mentally exhausting. You then reevaluate and do it again. With every experience you contrast to previous experiences and you learn. Contrast is the spice of life in my opinion.
I believe that the phrase, “You only get one life”, used in many quotes is false. I believe this based on empirical evidence, my own. I have had many lives and some running along the same time frame. Writer, Teacher, Scientist, Engineer, Philosopher, Artist, Carpenter, Explorer, Steel Worker, Rich, Poor, Empty, Full, Happy, Sad, Lost, without hope, Starving-to-full, and everything in-between. You get as many lives as you want – it just takes imagination and good use of time. Of course there is one life in our comfort zone, one that we know, and one that we do not fear. I would pose that you leave your comfort zone – take some risk and turn experience into your favorite food. Even if it scares you =)