This blog is a collection of stories on the ordinary days of today and a documentary of the days of the past. Thank-you for reading and allowing me to share. Enjoy your ordinary days and hopefully the bits and pieces of mine will resonate with the moments in your lives that bring you happiness.
June 24, 2013: ordinary-people-doing-extraordinary-things
I admire extraordinary people. Let me clarify. I admire
ordinary people who have accomplished above-ordinary feats. Extraordinary.
Many types of admirable qualities fall within this class of
people: Showing perseverance in
conquering a fear or quest, accomplishing great things with the blessing of a
second chance, or overcoming obstacles with courage. All of these qualities exemplify the best in class.
I do have dreams of writing a book one day. I want to write
a collection of stories on extraordinary people. True stories about real people
who fit my vision of extraordinary. I make mental notes of special people I
have met along the way in this fun journey of life. Some are chance encounters and others, lifelong friendships. Their life stories are
those I want to share.
A friend who grew up with nothing, but accomplished great
things; both in her professional life and in her long lasting marriage. I tell
her story often as a comparison to those born with a silver spoon; access to
everything, want for nothing, and no self-motivation. My friend forged forward
over every hurdle put in front of her. Dedication. Drive. Love.
A homeless man who became victim to alcohol. Given a second chance, he gained sobriety and
later became director of the homeless shelter. He paid it forward for years; working
to ensure shelter, food, and second chances for those living in his past
demise. Inspiration. Guts. Faith.
My mom sent me a CD she burned with her favorite songs. One
of the songs was Susan Boyle’s coming out song on 2009 Britains have Talent. This frumpy lady took the stage that year to quiet giggles and cynical looks. Then
she belted out a song with the most incredible vocals; an exceptional rendition to “I
Dreamed a Dream”.
After listening to the forgotten solo, I pulled the You-Tube video to watch it again. This video never gets old. And then I cried. I felt immense joy for this seemingly
ordinary woman. The mocking smiles of the crowd were gone; replaced with a
roaring standing ovation. Success. Talent. Courage.
I love a happy ending. I'm always rooting for the underdog. And I'm a believer in second chances. I can't wait to write the book.