We must all sacrifice our lives to something. Freedom is being able to choose what that is.
DB - The Vagabond
NOTE: Today is the last day of September. Beginning tomorrow The Vagabond will once again humbly turn the dais over to the real thinkers and doers of the world, the movers and shakers, the thumpers and the zappers, the dreamers and the planners, the twisters and stompers, the rippers and menders. So check with them for your daily quotes. Vagabond will make an occasional appearance, but from now on most of the inspirations will come from the aforementioned drummers and diggers. I'll keep the journal as usual. DB
Yesterday AOL posted a story about Jack Borden, a 101 year old attorney from Weatherford, Texas who still goes to his office every day, works a 40 hour week and is active in real estate matters for individuals. His story is inspiring to me.
A few years ago I worked with an actor who was 82 at the time, with an infirm knee which was eventually replaced. He must be close to 90 now and still working.
I retired 8 years ago but not because I wanted to. In my earlier years I tried doing many things but finally settled on being an actor because I was good at it, because people kept hiring me to do it and because it is probably what I was put on the planet to do.
Would I go back to work if I could? You betcha ! I'm only 70. I have been thinking of what it would take for me to be able to return to the stage and trying not to be depressed about it. There are what seem to be a jungle of limitations and difficulties to get through. My eyesight, my teeth, my hip and some other infirmities all need to be taken care of. I would have to move from here and live where there is some access to the market. I would, in essence, need to start over. The challenges are huge and seem to be beyond my capabilities.
I've learned to develop a sense of humor about the ironies and absurdities of life no matter how awful they may be. But why are the issues of my life ganging up against my life? Why is my life preventing me from living? Is life only a matter of overcoming the obstacle that are in the way of life? Why does my garbage weigh more than my groceries? Where is George Carlin when you need him?
Today I emptied a disposable paper vacuum cleaner bag, put it back in the vacuum cleaner and vacuumed my floor. If I were to fail to see the metaphor in that I would be ashamed of myself.
May your October be a happy one.