“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Schulz, cartoonist (1922-2000)
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Since starting this site, I reflected on how many of my own friends and other people I’ve come across in life have to share, have knowledge of; and how wonderful it would be to get their opinions, ideas and reflections on their work, travels, talents and unique ways of viewing the world.
So I shall soon be starting this section where I’ll ask them to contribute articles or opinions they would like to share with the world……I’ve seen that a lot of introverted (and extroverted) gipsy geeks like myself have a lot to talk and share but their most effective way of communication is the written word. So here’s an idea that I hope will take shape in the coming months.
Watch this space in the future! I’m excited about this and have been thinking of topics that can be covered that my friends have more expertise on – as diverse as an aerospace engineer’s travels photographing National Geographic quality shots of sandhill cranes in a morning in Wyoming to tango dancers in Argentina; to a day in the life of a beautiful brilliant woman radiologist I know of; to a former-marine-turned-computer-whiz who likes raising exotic geckos as a hobby; to a young photo-journalist who quit his job to busk around the country and doing work in parts of Mexico; to a scientific article by an American jazz-and-rock- musician-turned-neuroscientist; to a Canadian woman who decided to tour China, Mongolia, Tibet and forbidden kingdoms after the age of 60 and is a breast-cancer survivor and former Liberal Party candidate to boot; to the stories of a man who wrote while working in Africa for Doctors without Borders which influenced me greatly at a time when I was becoming numb with complacency; to the projections of a young Italian-Jewish kick-ass corporate financial analyst who also moonlights as a techno-music-DJ; to a man from Germany who loves making hand-crafted unique bicycles and would do anything in the world for his little son; to a British alternate rock band-member I met on a train last year who is also a nerdy mathematician at heart; to a classical symphony music conductor from Ireland who lives for poetry; to a lawyer who juggles work and two young daughters and had decided to leave a cushy high-paying corporate job to venture on her own practice and has a personal story that is a testimony to strength; to an architect who is one of the sexiest and most positive friend, woman and young mother I have met (if she gets time from her crazy schedule to write here); to a psychology grad I know from back in high school who went on to become a famous supermodel and an art-film actress and still remains grounded; to an idealistic international studies student I met who works part-time dressed as a policeman standing outside London’s Sherlock Holmes museum on 221B Baker Street; to a topic on environmental sustainability using fractal theory by an exceptionally brilliant and humorous ecology professor who influenced my thinking about how our world is connected……….and many more………the list goes on.
And whether well-known or not, all of them have stories of adventure in seemingly ‘ordinary’ lives – stories that are special, unique, inspiring, sad; but always interesting.
Yes – I do hope this idea takes shape and I’m getting increasingly inspired as I think about it…..It will take time and effort, but wouldn’t it be wonderful to know the unusual stories of people we have come across in life? We only get one life – it would be a shame to let it pass by without experiencing it to the fullest – and where it’s not possible to experience everything – to view it through the adventures of some other people who are good-hearted gipsy-geeks inside as well.
After all – there is So much life to live! So much world to see! So much more to learn! So much love to give!
“This asteroid has only once been seen through the telescope. That was by a Turkish astronomer, in 1909. On making his discovery, the astronomer had presented it to the International Astronomical Congress, in a great demonstration. But he was in Turkish costume, and so nobody would believe what he said.
Grown-ups are like that…
Fortunately, however, for the reputation of Asteroid B-612, a Turkish dictator made a law that his subjects, under pain of death, should change to European costume. So in 1920 the astronomer gave his demonstration all over again, dressed with impressive style and elegance. And this time everybody believed him.
If I have told you these details about the asteroid, and made a note of its number for you, it is on account of the grown-ups and their ways. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never ask: “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead, they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers does he have? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?” Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.
If you were to say to the grown-ups: “I saw a beautiful house made of rosy brick, with geraniums in the windows and doves on the roof…” they would not be able to get any idea of that house at all. You would have to say to them: “I saw a house worth a hundred thousand francs*.” Then they would exclaim: “Oh, what a pretty house that is!”
So if you tell them: “The proof that the little prince existed is that he was delightful, that he laughed, and that he was looking for a sheep. If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.” And what good would it do to tell them that? They would shrug their shoulders, and treat you like a child. But if you said to them: “The planet he came from is Asteroid B-612,” then they would be convinced, and leave you in peace from their questions. They are like that. One must not hold it against them. Children should be very understanding of grown-up people.”
– Antoine de St. Exupery (1900- 1944) in The Little Prince
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* (The Little Prince was written in 1942. 100,000 francs was a big amount then.)