Maybe worth sharing, maybe not...
Without a doubt, I'm a doer. Given the time, patience and tools, I will take on just about anything. I remember when the CNC machine arrived in a large crate at the high school I taught at in KC. Two large crates of parts. Step by step I assembled, connected the power, loaded the software and began to teach myself the "how too".
This isn't something I started later in life, I've been this way all my life. I can remember taking apart and reassembling things from little on. My grandmother always told me as I drove off on their riding lawn mower to keep it assembled. I always replied, "OK grandma" with a smile knowing well that I had to take the cover off that motor or tweak the belts.
I mention this today as I just spent two hours reading up on my old truck. 1 1/4" main cylinder, 1 3/8" wheel cylinder, basic fuel pump or vacuum assist, the list goes on and on. Prior to bringing this beauty to my home, I knew little or nothing about Chevy trucks. My first thought was to drop her off and say "fix it".
Then I began to ponder the opportunity at my feet. If I get a manual, read some forum's, be patient and learn, this will truly become MY truck. Yeah, I really want to get ole' Bess running and go for a cruise with my pups, but the ownership I will have because I took the time to look within and rebuild her will be far more enjoyable then to just "fix it".
I write about this today because I see myself in West 17th, now in this ole truck. West 17th is now a part of me and I will forever be a part of her, the truck is no different. I was a part of my son's life, he a part of mine. He taught me lessons, experiences that are now mine to carry forward. His life and the lives of my students live on in me, me in them.
If at the end of the day I've succeeded to squeeze my experiences out to share like wringing out a sponge, than tomorrow I awake a beginner. Ready to absorb what life has to teach me, it's life's breath. Without a doubt, heaven on earth.
Be safe and well friends, to breath is to live, spiritually. One with the earth, in all I do.