Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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This reporter is coming to you from the land of Mickey where twilight admission to the park is $70 per person. Wow – so instead I sit here in my booth at McDonald’s and blog instead. The Southwest salad is actually pretty good and seems to be the only menu item under 1,000 calories. And I love the synthetic plastic white ice cream cones.
Let me talk a minute about passion. What is yours? What would you do if you did not get paid to do it? All else being equal, if you could pick one thing that you loved and focused on that – you would never have to “work” a day again. Mine is Half Dome. Sound funny? Well, when I first made it to the top in 1990, I was hooked. Not for the view but for what that extremely strenuous hike represented. A goal and a journey. I decided I would do it annually. I memorialize those hikes with little Half Dome pins that I put on a hat. Each pin represents a lot of sweat and pain. I can no long wear that hat. It weighs too much with 30 pins on it. It may sound corny, but I realized that challenges like HD could be met and that I needed a plan to see and do all the things I wanted to do. Ahhh, a life list – aka “Bucket List.” That summer I wrote a list – MY list. Yeah, it has the obvious, like the Pyramids Taj Mahal and Stonehenge – but also the Indy 500, Oshkosh Air show and a NASCAR race. Dumb you say? It’s my list. Maybe your experience with Half Dome will spur you on to doing more with your life. We only go around once – there is a limit to the number of days we have to enjoy the gifts of the world. Discover your passion, Recognize what you will face obstacles and work to fix them. Be motivated in you pursuits and enthusiastic. Re-read that and see that it spells D.O.M.E. – pretty cute theme for my speaking biz. (See MrHalfDome.com) Try this –think about what your passion is. WRITE down YOUR life list and carry it with you – I carried mine for 20 years. And start to book your trips NOW because “someday never comes.”
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “How lavish is Nature: building, pulling down, creating destroying chasing every material particle from form to form, ever changing ever beautiful.” – John Muir, 1869
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com