Monday, January 17, 2011
Looking Through the Mirror at the Skeleton Inside
Last week I had the opportunity to see something one rarely sees in a lifetime, my skeleton. Actually it was an x-ray of my spine and head during a Physical Therapy / Chiropractic consultation. As he reviewed the x-rays on a computer monitor (no more film on a light box on the wall) I was fascinated to see the detail. But when we got to my head I felt like I was looking into a mirror and could see myself as one of those skeletons in the corner of a classroom, watching over the class as time goes by.
So as I starred at the picture I began to think; is this what I will look like in say 60 years (I would be 109 years old)? What would my life accomplishments have been? Was I able to accomplish everything I wanted? Did I leave a lasting legacy and make a difference? Strange how an x-ray gets you thinking.
As for my life accomplishments, well I can start with my two children. As they grow up and become adults I will be able to see for myself; our (my wife and I) greatest accomplishment. I hope to accomplish everything I wanted. People sometimes list these out as a "bucket list." This might show up as another story but for now I am doing pretty well. I have travelled to parts of Europe, been to Arizona, Florida and driven down Route 1 in California. I have met some interesting people, including John Chambers of Cisco and Bill Gates of Microsoft. I feel like I know a lot of other celebrity types, but I guess Twitter doesn't count. There are a few more items on my list, but you'll need to wait so we can experience them together (lucky you). As for a lasting legacy I will again point to my children, but I also hope someday to be able to do something like a scholarship fund or make a major difference in someone else's life (check the bucket list).
So there you have it. A quick reflection in a different type of mirror. Examining ones self every so often is a good thing. I just have a strange way of doing it.