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“Life is a Highway, I want to ride it all night long” – Rascal Flatts
People have emailed me and asked why I title many of my posts as Life is a Highway. Well it is the name of a little song by a country band, Rascal Flatts. I’m not a country enthusiast but I find the song catchy, uplifting and I found the lyrics to how I want to live life:
One of my main points that I live my life by is to enjoy the journey because sometimes no matter how great the reward is at the end, the effort and experience of getting there is more rewarding. Whether it is driving across the country and enjoying the beautiful scenery, completing a huge task successfully with a group of people who show a great sense of teamwork, or fighting cancer and finding out who your friends really are, there are so many journeys that we all take each day. The car, my car, Herbie, is also my vehicle that gets me around town. to me there is no other car windshield that I ‘d rather watch people through as my journey crosses the streets of San Francisco each day. I was lucky to be born in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and there is no use avoiding its rich culture and history.
Someone else asked me why I seem to write my updates late at night. Well it is usually the first time all day that I take for myself and I often go running late at night. It is so peaceful out and I run like I live my life. I’ve always been a distance runner and when I run I love to soak in the surroundings. I get to run two very beautiful streets at night which are now lined with holiday lights already. Tonight I soaked in the crisp air, stared at the full moon through the branches, and window shopped along world famous Fillmore St. and Sacramento St. . Window shopping is really cheap when all the stores are closed already. Smelling the perfume of women walking home, men smelling like their fifth bourbon, and the smells of the fries from the Johnny Rockets burger joint all are spices of life that I soak in on my run each evening.
It’s not just my journey that I enjoy, but the journeys of others.
Why run? Why run so late? Running is for my life. High Cholesterol runs in my family and I do it for me and my kids. Blogging is for me and my kids too. I was a terrible history student , but I do vow that I will not repeat my dad’s mistakes. Although my dad was a wonderful dad, he kept his feelings to himself. The stresses I think ultimately led to his heart attack. Expressing myself is something I aim to do through my blogging. My goal is to be there for my grandchildren. I want to give back to them. With our generation living longer than our ancestors ever did, I hope to be able to give to my grandchildren life lessons that my own father never got to provide to his own grandchildren.
I mentioned my wife’s cancer. It has been a rough journey. Someone asked me why I wouldn’t want to talk about such a horrible experience. Well life has many bumps and we tend to suppress the bad memories and focus on the good ones. For me this journey through cancer has been a great learning experience for me. I’ve learned so much about myself, my love for my wife, and my respect for the limited time we have on this Earth. I will never forget these days, the pain, the joys and the many people I may never see again. And if I do, I can look back and hopefully see a person on these pages who has grown.
Alright, time to pull over and get some rest!