RR 12 home

A movie I made. I got a cool commute. Let me show you it.

Music: I Saw the Bright Shinies, The Octopus Project.  The “watercolor” blur is on purpose.  The black loss artifacts aren’t… grrrrr.

Maybe I re-upload, maybe I don’t….

Bona Fide

I have the pin. I have the shirt. I have the badge. I got the certificate. I’m bona fide!

The coursework and advanced training done a month ago, the volunteer hours in the bag weeks ago, and as of last night’s graduation ceremony, my classmates and I are 100% state-certified Master Naturalists.

Warm feelings, good talk, wine, congratulatory and inspiring speeches, and shared vision made for a wonderful night. We listened again to the story of the wolf and the mountain and we rededicated ourselves to the tasks ahead of us, to take to heart “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Thinking back to where I was eight months ago at the start of the class, I was struck again by what a damn good decision I’d made. And that at a time when I was having a difficult time deciding whether I should get out of bed, much less whether I should take on a huge goal that would involve hard work, meeting new people, and shouldering a huge obligation. But I managed to make the decision and do the follow through, and I’m not the same person I was then. There have been times this past year I felt, like Ellsworth, that maybe I’d “fucked up my life flatter than hammered shit,” but that putting-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other thing does work and I had a handful of things for which I was truly grateful. This was one.

And that’s what this post is really about. If you’re currently straddling the chasm of trying to decide to do something- anything- that’s going to make you a bigger and better person, or the world a little bit better, or help someone out with just one little thing, do it.

That voice telling you that it’s not prudent, that you’re over-committed, that no one will make the kids’ dinner on Tuesday nights, that it will cost too much, that you need to fix the car first, etc? That voice will find something else to do, so don’t worry about listening to it.

Go ahead, take a chance. Change.