I know. I know. Two posts in two days and both posts have no pictures. What is going on? For those of you that don’t know I am still up in Halifax and Starbucks has become my second home, due to its Internet. I have had a very fast paced, crazy summer and I can’t believe it is almost over.
At this year’s Black Belt Winter Retreat my final talk was, “Just do it!” I told everyone to stop talking about wanting to do something and to actually go do it. Anything is possible if you set your mind to it and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices. In order to illustrate this point I laid out my plans for the summer. This summer was to be the “transportation” summer and I’m happy to say it was. I have always thought it would be fascinating to learn how to drive a tractor-trailer truck (thanks to ice road truckers). So a good portion of May and June was devoted to going to truck driving school. I successfully passed my road test on the first try (not to pat myself on the back but I was the only one that passed) and now I have my Class-A Commercial Drivers License. What am I going to do with it? I’m not sure yet, but it was a great experience and I have a lot of respect for all the men and women that drive for a living. Who knows, maybe you will see me on the ice on television in the near future (you never know).
For the past year I have also been thinking a lot about sailing. I have given serious thought to living on a sailboat, if not all year, at least over the summer months when I’m not teaching. The problem is that the last time I was on a sailboat was over 30 years ago. I don’t even remember if I liked it or if I got seasick for that matter. So, toward the end of last month, Mrs. Pearson and I flew down to Florida and settled into our new home on a 43′ sailboat. We spent the next week sailing the Florida Keys with an ASA (American Sailing Association) instructor learning how to sail larger sailboats. Our days consisted of learning everything from navigation to adjusting our sails. Our nights consisted of swimming is the starlight while anchored in a protected area of Biscayne Bay or sometimes just sitting on deck and looking at the skyline of Miami. Please don’t think it was all fun and no work. It wasn’t. We had to take three 100 question written exams and take several practical exams. In the end we both passed, had a great time (even with all the exams) and know that we could easily live on a sailboat (well if it was at least 45′).
What’s next in the “transportation” field? I’ve always wanted to learn how to fly. You never know, but the point is if you want to do something, just go do it.
Something to think about…