“I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up. –Benjamin Franklin
“I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in the second edition the faults of the first. –Benjamin Franklin
As Ben noted, it is so much easier to be viewed as proficient or wise the second, third, even fourth or tenth time that I have to revisit a topic or a geographic location. At this time of my life, I can even be viewed as prescient on most of what I’ve been preaching for many of these 300 years.
I love to travel. Even more, I love to be engaged with conversations struck up with perfect strangers. I love entering a roomful of expectant and attendant listeners and leave having entertained and been entertained by their curiosity.
It is a wonder to me why I haven’t conceived of this conceit before now. My current life is manifested by curiosity enabled by passion wrapped in color and drowned by sheer force of nerve. Little else could survive the heat of the flame to which this chrysalis is held.