Saturday, February 28, 2009

Neurological

I guess you could say I never meet a stranger, or maybe I am just nosy. Sitting at the Barnes and Nobles, my family on the way to visit my in-laws, when we met. He was sitting at the next table reading the latest neurological text book, when we both stretched and popped before our extremities went numb.

Quickly a conversation ensued about life and our inabilities to stay current in our professions. Being unemployed, staying current can be difficult. He on the other hand, at the wizened age of 50, seemed to have a pretty good grasp on all things having to do with the grey matter between the ears. As fascinating as his discourse was, I was captured by a story he shared of another random encounter...

He had been at Walmart with his wife, when his head became swimmy from a recent ear infection. Seeking solace, he found a place on a bench in the Pharmacy. Next to him sat a little old lady, reminding him of a grandmother. As they began to converse, she talked of students. He discovered she was a teacher, and due to the wisdom shown by the reflective greying of her hair, assumed she had been teaching a long time.

"No I have only been teaching five years." she said.

Curious, he inquired and found that she had raised 8 kids of her own, then at 75 gone back to college to receive her degree. Since that time, she had been teaching and hoped to continue for some time. She said the kids respected her because she looked like their grandmother and she had a hand in raising most of them so they could not pull one over on her.

The Neurologist shared his life lesson from the story, "It shows me that it is never too late."

Many of us resign ourselves to the patterns that life has created for us. We feel stuck in the choices we made in centuries past. While we can learn from our past, our future is yet written and it in never too late to...experience something new...resolve a broken relationship...accomplish the dreams we have been given. All it requires is the will to do it, and a little faith.

What have you always wanted to do, but felt like you couldn't?

14 comments:

Dot-Com said...

Interesting things can come of talking to strangers. I often do when travelling on business.

Scott757 said...

I'm going back to school full time in the Fall at ODU. I decided that I couldn't work my job one more day than I had too. School was the way out.

Rob said...

I've often wanted to be a super hero. I've felt like I can't because I lack super abilities, a tragic event to propel me to fight crime, and a lot of money to buy gadgets. Plus I don't think I would look good in tights.

jake (to the) holla said...

rob swiped my answer (except i look phenomenal in tights)... but anyways, i've wanted to do a number of things that i don't think i can.. like play guitar, or cook like a pro. i also want to go back to school after taking this year off... and so i am! liberty university here i cooooome

Brian Miller said...

rob...i think you in spandex would stop any evil doer in their tracks...i can hook you up with a tragic event if you need one...lol.

jake..congrats on LU. see note on your blog for an assist.

As for me, writing a book is a dream that I am embracing even as I type.

Cinnamon said...

What a great post- so inspiring! No. it's never too late- so get writing that book Brian!

This lady was blessed to have the good health to enable her to achieve all that she did later in life.

I would love to finish the degree I left when I was 20. Mmmm- you've got me thinking.

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Cool blog,
I read about you and your two sons, and I got TIRED! OMG

Baino said...

I'm sort of there at the moment. My job is in danger of becoming redundant and at 52 I have to think of an alternative or just keep doing what I do (and hate). Time for some self assessment and decisions about where to go n the future . . I guess I'll have to form alist and go with a process of elimination . . .I look crap in spandex so that's one job down the gurgler.

Daniel said...

I always wanted to act like a man, you know, in the situations where bravery and the woman where on the line. But alas, I have missed so many obvious opportunities to step up. Now it seems like (at least where I am now) that my time has passed. This thought really brings me down.
Now that I have sucked the life out of the room, have a nice day.

Anonymous said...

"It is never too late..."

Even I'll give you an Amen to that one, Brother.

-DF

jake (to the) holla said...

whoa! yes i will definitely let you know. i may have something lined up... but if that falls through, i will hit you up! greaaaatly appreciated!!!

Brian Miller said...

daniel, your time will come again.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

great post....I agree it is never too late. well, except for some things....I don't think I could learn how to play the fiddle....that is something I haven't always wanted to do, but something in the last 15 years have said, if I could have learned an instrument, I wish I had learned how to play the fiddle (in the tradition of the great celtic fiddle players)

Brian Miller said...

I imagine you could learn to play...fiddling would be fun...you should try!