Making an Impression

When I committed to dropping a blog every Wednesday, I wondered how long it would be before I missed a Wednesday drop. At my work, we used to have a traveling award plaque that said, “If it weren’t for the last minute, a lot of things around here would not get done.” I was the proud owner of that plaque for about 50% of the time. I’m late dropping this post because we are on the road to a wedding weekend in Traverse City, Michigan. My office was closed on Monday because of hurricane Florence and I guess that threw my body clock off — at least that’s my excuse.

I apologize for being late with this blog post, though I realize there aren’t too many of you relying on my dropping a post (yet). None-the-less, making deadlines is connected to making an impression, but today’s post isn’t about deadlines, it’s about making an impression. Molly (my wife) reminded me of this subject as she unpacked a purse we bought for her to carry to a different wedding. The purse matches a pair of very unique shoes. On top of that, the purse came from Neiman-Marcus and was exorbitantly expensive. Together, they are very cool, but I commented that no one probably noticed the combination at the other wedding. This leads me to ask, who are we trying to impress?

With age comes wisdom. There is a saying that goes, “In your 20’s and 30’s, you worry about what other people think. In your 40’s and 50’s you stop worrying about what other people think. Finally, in your 60’s and 70’s, you realize they were never thinking about you in the first place!” So, at this wedding, we’re not out to impress anyone. Instead, our intention is to connect with people on a more personal level.

Last night, I met a gentleman named Gerry Levy. He’s originally from the UK. We talked a little about my book. I explained the book, Life is Great, Even if Your Boat Flips Over is about living the life of your dreams. Gerry said, “But what if I’m already living a great life?” To that, I said, “you might not need to read my book.” We then went on to talk about how many people do not live the life of their dreams and that the two of us were in a minority.

During our brief conversation, I got the impression that Gerry’s life was one of adventure. He moved from his home country to a new one, lived in Los Angeles and other places around the states. Some people have barely left their hometown and a trip across town is their greatest adventure. That’s not bad, unless you have an unfulfilled wanderlust. Regardless of the whatever unfulfilled dream you may have, every day gives us an opportunity to start again. Your past is what it is and cannot be changed, but your future is what you make it. Where will you go and what will you do?