Quite an eventful month, and I’m not sure where all the days went. The days have felt long, but the weeks and months shorter and shorter. Traveled on a short trip to see people, places and re-energize. Worked hard for the money, and had family come visit from a far away place, my hometown. All of this,is my present. Presently going new places, while I’m between the places I call home.
On my trip, I sat down to breakfast in a mountain town, with an old friend from high school. She told me about her conquests in life since we had last met and how she had been climbing at many 14,000 ft peaks as she could muster in the small amount of time she had. She mentioned a story about what are called the skin-walkers. A native american legend that many of her former students claimed to be real.
A skin-walker had extroidinairy ability and was often seen running around the deserts in full body paint. They could run faster than any man. Native American lore has always fascinated me, from the time my parents told me the story of Tucumcari, NM. However true the lore was, the stories were always something I loved. We spent time talking about time from our old days back in our hometown. Our present state’s so drastically different and yet we looked at each-other as a familiar past. She said to me, “You haven’t changed. I like that.” I was looking into my past, just as she saw me in our present.
With my family coming to visit I rustled up as many ideas as I could to entertain them while in Jonesboro. The days passed and the moments were shared from one laugh, story and tour of my present state of being. One thing that I am always reminded is I am very much like my Grand-pop in looks when he was my age. Maybe a bit taller, but overall same look. (He did tell me that beards weren’t in style when he was younger).
A man from another generation, but the same family. I can look in the mirror 60 years from now just by looking at my Grand-pop. This is my future. If I am ever-so-lucky to be the man that he is.
We are seldom so lucky to be able to look into our past and future while we stand in the present. Seldom do I get the chance to explore this past, present and future tense.
June is a good time for this to occur. As I look forward to the rest of 2012, and back at what has already been. It has moved so quickly, there are days and moments I wish I could get back. There are also things to come that can’t come quick enough. Life never seems to move at the right speed. If only I was like the Skin-walkers. With extraordinary ability and speed to control my own destiny and past.
One of these day’s I’ll finally “get it” and:
I will Live for my Present.
Value who I have been in the Past.
And Strive to be as great of man as my Future can hold.
album of the month
The Tallest Man on Earth. Actually a very short man, but a man I will compare to the great Bob Dylan any day. This album is a bit more electric than his past albums, but still good. A man with a guitar and an audience. All you need for quality music.
The Tallest Man on Earth ~ There’s No Leaving Now