Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there will ever be to know and understand. ~Albert Einstein
It’s 1:15 AM on the morning of August 6, 2012. Our family is teetering on the edge of the living room couch in anticipation. Our eyes are not drooping shut as they would normally do at this time of the day. Rather, they are glued to the television while watching the live feed from NASA TV. Curiosity, the land rover bound for Mars, is approaching the planet at a speed of 13,000 mph. As it miraculously reduces its speed to less than 2 mph and safely touches down on the surface, goose bumps abound. A sense of pride in human ingenuity courses through our veins. This seemingly impossible task began with the courage to ask questions and discover answers.
As human beings, I believe we all have an innate desire to explore the world. We question everything that occurs around us with a curious nature so that we can better understand our place in the universe. The best way to cultivate this curiosity is to open ourselves to new ideas, philosophies, and viewpoints. A bumper sticker on my commute home refreshes my memory that a mind is like a parachute. It only functions when it is open.
Today, I was nominated to receive the Liebster Blogging Award by Alyssa at The Knee Deep Life. In researching the history of this award, its purpose is to recognize those blogs that are yet undiscovered much like the surface of Mars. It provides an opportunity to exercise our own curiosity by opening up avenues to meaningful and interesting insights of new authors.
There are four requirements that accompany the receipt of this award:
- Link back to the author who nominated you.
- Answer the questions presented by the author who nominated you.
- Nominate up to ten other authors for the award.
- Ask ten questions of those you nominate.
Being nominated by Alyssa at The Knee Deep Life is very appropriate and special given the nature of this award. Her thoughtful, insightful, engaging, and entertaining writing style never fails to provide me with a new and meaningful discovery about myself. In my book, her blog is second to no one. So, please go check out her amazing contributions to the blogging world. I promise you will not be disappointed 😉
My answers to the questions she has posed are as follows:
1. If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Without a doubt, pizza. You can do so much with pizza. It’s as versatile as food gets. And, if you use your imagination, you can make a case that any pizza includes elements from all the basic food groups. So, it’s nutritious too. Yeah, I know that’s a stretch, but it’s worth a shot 😉
2. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Be yourself. It’s quite simple to say, yet sometimes very difficult to practice. With all the external pressures from society, we are often nudged and sometimes shoved down a path that is not of our choosing. Sticking to our own path and following it with firm resolve is the best decision each of us can make.
3. What’s a story that you always pull out of your pocket at parties?
Several years ago, I was preparing to play a round of golf at Disney World. Unbeknownst to me, I was asked to play with the then quarterback of the New England Patriots, Drew Bledsoe. Being able to spend 4 hours with a “celebrity” helped me realize that we are all “ordinary” people who can choose to lead extraordinary lives.
4. If you could live forever, would you? And why?
Calling upon a quote from a former post, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” I believe that having a non-infinite amount of time at our disposal provides us with the impetus to make choices, sometimes difficult, that provide the most meaning to our lives and to the people around us. To me, knowing that you exercised free will to provide a legacy of your choosing is more important than being immortal. In a sense, you do have a choice to live forever by creating a legacy that lives on for generations to come.
5. What’s one talent that you wish you had and why?
To be quite honest, there is no particular talent that I wish I had. I have always been the type of person that identifies an objective and finds a way to make it happen. I have done that in the past with my desire to become a pilot and I continue to do so in the present as I pursue goals to play guitar in a public venue and author a non-fiction book. In the words of C.S. Lewis, you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. Go dream it. Then, go do it.
6. Where’s your favorite place on earth?
I could be in a national park, a large industrial city, or on a small rural farm. To me, the place is not as important as the people you are with. Given the right people surrounding you, every place on earth can be heaven.
7. If you could put one animal in charge of leading the world besides humans, what kind would it be?
I think our world could do with a healthy dose of fresh perspective on the important things in life. Demonstrating courage, love, and having an unspoken aura of influence about them, birds would be my choice to lead the world. With an incredibly diverse set of species that embody unique characteristics and behaviors, they are able to provide that different perspective as they travel the skies above us.
8. Where is Waldo?
From a philosophical point of view, I think it’s more important to find yourself than look for another. On a lighter note, Waldo is probably riding in the pickle car as it drives by the ice cream shop in the shoe. This has conjured up memories of a favorite Richard Scary book from my childhood days. It has brought a smile to my face which is a much better way to travel through life 🙂
9. What’s your idea of the greatest vacation?
Give me a guitar to strum, a journal to write in, and a new destination every month for the remainder of my life. This is a type of permanent vacation that becomes a vocation to share the powerful influence travel can impart on each of our lives.
10. What’s one of your favorite blog posts you’ve ever written so we can all go read it?
Illuminate. It takes place at one of my favorite places in the world and upon reflection provided me with a personal message on how each of us can make a profound difference to the world and people around us.
My 10 Questions:
1. If you could choose one mode of preferred transportation, what would it be?
2. You have the opportunity to lead any corporation, organization, or charity. Which one would you choose and why?
3. You have a $20 bill in your pocket. What do you do with it?
4. You may live your childhood during any era since the dawn of human civilization. Which one would you choose?
5. What is the most played piece of music on your digital player of choice?
6. You are able to ask one question about anything and know that you will get a truthful answer. What question do you ask?
7. If you could invoke any one law that society is required to follow, what would it be?
8. What is the one thing that you do each and every day that has the biggest impact on the quality of your life?
9. What book are you reading now, or are planning on reading next?
10. What inspirational quote best defines you?
Ask your own questions. Find your own answers. Keep curiosity alive in your life. Be passionate about it. You will be amazed at the discoveries you bring to light in your own life and the lives of others.