As we stumble down our puzzle path we gain wisdom and lose muscle tone. Everyone gets their own puzzle and yet we also share parts of the puzzle. Life is a strange puzzle because we never know when it’s complete or what shape it will take. Our own shapes change over the process and pieces we thought fit together well once need some adjustments or realignments.
The first time I was 6, my parents took me to the mountain. Here’s a picture of me on a chair lift in Gatlinburg TN. Had I known then that I would become a blogger I could have picked out a few great domain names, made a sign and held it up for the picture. Senseless thinking because you can’t put the future in a picture no matter how fancy your camera. (I remember a "Twilight Zone" episode about that)
The year I turned 26 was a big year for me. I earned my BSEE and my USAF commission. It took a little longer to earn my BS but it was done without any student loans. The USAF commission is related to my not going into debt for my education. Having even a short term plan helps when the puzzle pieces come at you quickly.
My 6 squared year found me with one the best work assignments in my engineering career. The project assignment was in Ireland. The family and I were offered the adventure of living near Limerick Ireland. I’ve posted about this before.
Not long after pushing past the 56 year mark, I took a short fun assignment involving a flight to Seattle. I tested the on-board wi-fi system on flight between Chicago and Seattle. The trip idea sprang up 1 day before I took it. A very last minute decision that added a nice small piece to my puzzle picture. Planning is very useful but not always necessary.
We don’t get to know what next year's puzzle will be. I am sure that it will not be like the first time I was 6. I have more wisdom, less bounce and less puzzle pieces to move around now. Also, I was more adorable then.
as always - lighten up, soak up the sun, if the glass doesn't look half full get a smaller glass.
Oh if you have any extra puzzle pieces when you're done leave them for me. I'm only turning 6.