Trying New Things 10/12/19

History of Richard Bleil

Trying new things is a great way to expand your personal horizon. I’ve enjoyed taking chances, and would encourage others to do so as well.

This shouldn’t really come as a surprise. When I went to college, I chose the University of Cincinnati, much to the shock of some of the others in high school. My favorite quote was from one of my fellow high school students who said, and I quote, “but that’s not a party school!” No, no it’s not. And chemistry as a major is not business. And going to graduate school is not something many people do. At the risk of quoting a less-than-admirable cartoon character, I don’t care. I do what I do what I want.

Many people have tried Karaoke. It’s rather intimidating, and usually not for the sober. Personally, I don’t drink, so when I sang Karaoke, it was always sober. But that was okay. There’s an exhilaration in singing Karaoke, But, there’s also a safety in it. You choose the songs that you like, and the DJ is usually kind enough to adjust the vocal track if you’re, well, let’s say not so talented. Besides, it’s not your own words; they are always the lyrics of the artist.

My friend coaxed me into Karaoke, but I chose open-mic comedy night on my own. Yup, open mic comedy. This might sound similar, but it’s actually quite a different beast. With comedy, the words are your own. What’s more, the timing is critical if you are going to get a laugh. The lyrics and rhythm are not there; it’s just you and the audience and you certainly don’t want to come across like Pence waiting for applause after bringing greetings from the president when it’s just not there. The funny thing is that if they laugh at you, you’re actually doing well! I recommend trying it.

Yup, I’ve tried several things. I have a scuba license. Sadly, I’ve not used it as much as I would have liked, but that’s an exciting hobby. The irony is that often, you don’t need it. Light is absorbed as you go deeper, starting with red. Because red light is the least energetic, it is lost first, followed by orange, yellow, and so forth, and this happens in surprisingly shallow water. Aside from wreck diving (I like wreck diving; it’s like visiting my life under water), most of the really interesting diving is shallow enough for snorkel diving. Still, wreck diving is very cool, and I truly enjoyed scuba diving.

Another expensive hobby I’ve tried is pilot training. Yup, I’ve taken training for my pilot’s license, although, unlike scuba and education, I never finished it. I never really got the hang of it, although with more practice, I’m sure that I would have. The problem, you see, is that I wouldn’t have been able to get my license anyway. I am actually diabetic, and that is enough for the FAA to deny a license. But, I learned a lot, and it was worth trying.

I enjoy experiencing things that most people do not. I guess I do have an adventurous spirit, and there are plenty of things I still would love to try. I haven’t been skydiving yet, or zip lining, or rappelling, or ridden a bull. Yes, I want to ride a bull. I guess I’m too old, but the fact is that in bull riding schools, they actually rate bulls and their difficulty levels. Surely there are bulls out there that I could start with. And travel. I really want to visit Germany, Scotland, Japan, Greece, Brazil…heck, I want to travel. Sadly, as things are going in my life, these things probably won’t happen.

But, I can dream.

Mostly, I want somebody with whom to do these things. I’m so tired of having these adventures alone. Oh, I suppose if the right woman were with me, she wouldn’t necessarily have to do these things with me. I would understand if she didn’t want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, for example. But it sure would be nice if she were there to give me an excited hug when I land. We’re social creatures. Everything is better with somebody that we love. It’s just the way we were built, although, sadly, it seems like too often I’ve been with women who held me back rather than encouraging me.

Life is SHORT! So many people have their “bucket lists”, but, it’s better if you eliminate the list before you are eliminated yourself. Have no fear; just do it! Take the chances to do the things on that list, and ENJOY LIFE. You only get fifteen or so.

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