A Start

Now don’t say you can’t swear off drinking; it’s easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.

W.C. Fields

Starting something is easy. It’s keeping the momentum that’s hard. Leading up to the new year, I’ve found myself inspired. And inspiration is far more powerful than simply making a resolution.

The inspiration came from a sudden realization. I’m 53. Barring some unfortunate wood chipper accident, I have 35+ years left. 35 YEARS. What the hell do I want to do with that time? I certainly don’t want to spend it on the couch watching Netflix and reminiscing about the good ‘ole days. There’s still my job that will continue for some time still. I’ll continue playing and being active. I don’t intend to be one of those 70 year old’s who can’t tie their own shoe or walk up a flight of stairs.

What remains is an itch that ebbs and flows, but has never really been satisfied. I’ve always felt a need to be creative. Writing, photos, a little video. I’ve dabbled, but nothing more than fleeting attempts. It’s time to be serious and see where it goes. There is no plan. Nothing but a fair amount of available time and the desire to do something productive with my remaining years.

It’s not my first foray into writing. I’ve been doing it sporadically for years. If interested you can find the old stuff here: https://troutdog.wordpress.com/A few good ones, most are mediocre at best. Similar with photography. I spray and pray. Every once in a while a decent one surprises me. Video… well, as the old saying goes I have a face for radio so I’m not sure if that’s a content model for me.

Why am I telling you this? Call it public journaling. Or public accountability. It helps make it more real if I tell someone rather than keeping it in my head. And frankly, I’ve reached an age where I don’t give a rats ass what anyone thinks about what/why I’m doing something. Don’t like it? Don’t follow. But hopefully I can provide something interesting enough that folks will follow along. I certainly derive plenty of inspiration, thought, and smiles from reading and watching the content of others… and every once in a while I’ve gotten a comment that someone enjoyed something I did. What a great feeling. I’d like to continue that.

Thanks for reading this far. I hope you follow along as we see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

– Troutdog

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