12 THINGS I’VE NEVER TOLD YOU

Howdy Folks…. Hey Y’all! I guess I can use any of these phrases because these are the common greetings we use where I am from.   Life is all about being true to who you are and having fun! It’s also about relationships. 

I am working on my first cup of ginger tea and I have decided that today’s post is going to be a bit fun.  Most of you know me as a hard charger, serious-minded, and results-oriented. 

Well, I am all of those things and more. I know how to have fun.  Most of what I have written in the past has lacked a personal touch and that will change as I move forward.

My desire is to be an agent of change in our world. I am adhering to Gandhi’s words; I will “be the change I want to see.”

Most of you really don’t know me. Some of you know my professional side because of the time we have shared together on the front lines. However, I do have a personal side and that’s really me. I am not a robot and to prove it to you here are 12 of my own quirks, habits, and closely guarded secrets…

  1. I wore tailored clothing until my senior year of high school. My mom sewed all of my clothing. This included my winter coats and my wallets.  My mom was a super talented individual and she made clothing for all five of her children.   My peers would poke fun on occasion because I did not wear the popular name brands of the day.
  2. I love non-American automobiles, preferably Japanese cars and trucks. My first car was a grayish-blue 1985 Hyundai Excel. It was purchased in 2001. It never broke down, more to follow on this one.
  3. I never dated in high school. My dad was determined that I succeeded with my life. For him, this meant hitting the books and hard work.  He was sure that if I dated, I would lose focus of the big picture. He was also certain I did not know what love was…no need to break the girl’s heart. This was probably the best thing for me.
  4. My mom passed away the same weekend that I returned home for my freshman semester’s Christmas holiday break. Mom died from brain cancer. She had a successful operation to remove the tumor from her brain stem approximately 1.5 years earlier; however, after further examination, the doctors discovered the cancer had spread throughout her body. It was Sunday, December 17, 2000 around 6 p.m. when my dear sweet mom left for eternity.  I was there to see how life departs in a split second and that visual remains with me every day. That’s why I take life so seriously. It’s also why I am a huge proponent of living out your purpose.
  5. My morning start at 3:00 a.m. every day. I think my grandmother’s sleep schedule rubbed off on me. When she could not sleep around 3:00 am she would awaken anyone staying with her and that happened to be me on many nights.  By waking up so early, I accomplish an immense amount of work before the regular work day starts.
  6. I never owned a pair of jogging pants or running shoes until I signed up for Air Force ROTC. I have always worn semi-dress attire. This was the standard for me.   Most of the ROTC detachment guys probably remember my first day to Air Force ROTC physical training (PT). I remember that day like it was yesterday. I showed up to PT at 6 am wearing dress khakis and penny loafers. Guess what the workout of the day was…. two miles of running on the track.  Guess what I did… my best to run in those khakis and penny loafers.  I was reminded of this event close to the time of my commissioning onto active duty.
  7. I hate the words average and can’t.
  8. I’ve had two car accidents, both totaled.  This is how I lost my beloved Excel.  The first accident was a head-on collision. I was on my way to work and a guy passing a log truck on a hill met me at the top of the hill, my speed was 65 mph. I made it out with no scratches thank God!  The next accident (in car#2) occurred when I was heading back from work after working 36 hours. I dozed behind the wheel and drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic. I ended up slamming into several oak trees, totaling the car. This time I was dinged up a bit…nothing too bad. Dad’s debrief went something like this, “hey, next time be sure to drink coffee.”
  9. I completed 4 years of school before I figured out what I wanted to do with my life and then switched majors.
  10. Most of my friends are 25-40 years senior to me.
  11. I am a musician but I don’t listen to music. I use to listen to music until about 4 years ago. This changed after connecting with a highly successful mentor. I wanted the results he was experiencing so I adopted his behaviors.  Today, I am still actively involved in playing piano on a regular basis.
  12. I am not a fan of television. Nothing against people who watch television. It’s just really hard for me to understand what’s occurring on any given show. I was raised without a television. We got a television in our home when I was in about the 10th grade, but no cable or satellite.  We had the bunny ears.  I did not watch television for more than an hour per week during my college years.  Today, I watch about 3-4 hours of programs per week, mostly documentaries.

Okay…. the tea has run out and now it is time to get back to the day at hand. But, I would like to hear a little bit about you. Feel free to post in the comments about your own quirks or habits:)

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