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1 Apr

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Bucket List

1 Apr

Bucket lists are hard. My priorities in life always seem to change, and so then does my bucket list.

There are some things in my bucket list that may be impossible, but I like to keep them on there just to give myself something to aspire to.

One thing that’s always been on my bucket list and always will is to visit every state in this country (have 33 so far) and every country in the world (only 4 so far).

Seeing my son graduate from high school and college, attending his wedding, meeting my grandchildren, are all bucket list items that probably keep me going when life gets hard.

Some things aren’t bucket list so much as personal goals.  Owning a house again, having a job that provides me a living, allows me to use my gifts, and gives me an opportunity to help others in some way.

I’m not sure if having such a small bucket list is good or bad.  Does it mean I maintain realistic expectations, or that I’ve given up on dreaming?  Maybe a little bit of both.

Doctor Who

22 Mar

Robert E. Wronski, Jr.

Doctor Who has been on the air since the 1960s.  The main character is the Doctor, an alien.  The gimmick that keeps the show sustainable is that when the Doctor dies, he regenerates into a new body (and new actor).  The new actor plays the same character but not the same character.  With each regeneration the Doctor’s personality also changes.  He has the same memories, but he is a different person.

In a way we are all like that.  I share the same memories as the person I was in 1991 or 2002, but I am a very different person.  We are constantly changing and evolving with each life experience, every challenge, all the tragedies and triumphs, and by every person we’ve met.

In 1982, I wanted to be a mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper when I grew up.  In 1992, I wanted to be a cop.  In…

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Doctor Who

22 Mar

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Doctor Who

22 Mar

Doctor Who has been on the air since the 1960s.  The main character is the Doctor, an alien.  The gimmick that keeps the show sustainable is that when the Doctor dies, he regenerates into a new body (and new actor).  The new actor plays the same character but not the same character.  With each regeneration the Doctor’s personality also changes.  He has the same memories, but he is a different person.

In a way we are all like that.  I share the same memories as the person I was in 1991 or 2002, but I am a very different person.  We are constantly changing and evolving with each life experience, every challenge, all the tragedies and triumphs, and by every person we’ve met.

In 1982, I wanted to be a mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper when I grew up.  In 1992, I wanted to be a cop.  In 2002, I was very much happy to be working as a legal secretary, and in 2012 I was planning on law school.

Once upon a time I was a republican, until I left home and saw the world.  I used to look down on the homeless, until I was homeless.  I used to be homophobic, and now I’m kinda gay.

Who I am today isn’t my final destination, and I can’t wait to see who I become in the future.

Duck Tape

15 Mar

Robert E. Wronski, Jr.

In 2002, I was injured in the army.  I have progressive degenerative disk disease.  Basically, there is a crush disk in my neck that presses on a central nerve.  So I suffer from constant pain that gets worse over time (and I refuse to take narcotics because addiction), while also, sometimes parts of my body, such as my hands, my legs, my neck, just stop working for a moment.  So sometimes I just fall.  Sometimes coffee mugs just slip out of my hands, which forces me to have to hold drinks with two hands like a toddler.  And sometimes I have to sit with my head resting against something in order to keep my neck propped up.

So I get a disability from the VA for this injury, a whopping $273 a month.  I can’t work.  I do lots of volunteer work that actually uses my gifts and skills and…

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Duck Tape

15 Mar

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