I’m days behind on the 365 daily blogging challenge, so it’s time to play catchup. Since I don’t have much going on for the next couple of weeks I will be using my time to do so. Here are a few days to get started.
August 4th – Day 33: Someone who really hurt you
I stopped at this one for a reason. The first time I tried to write it I was going to write about myself as the person that hurt me, but that felt like a cop-out. After thinking about for about a month I’ve decided to write about something, or someone, else.
I can remember the exact moment when I became the shy, quiet person that I battle against every day. We moved to El Paso, TX at the end of my second grade year. I don’t think school was even out yet, but we went any way. We stayed in an Embassy Suites for a few weeks before finding a house. Turns out the house we found was just a few short blocks away from the school that I would be attending. My brother was in Kindergarten, so he went to a different school. Each day I would walk him to the bus stop; wait for him to get on and then head to my school. (At least I think this is what happened. A lot has changed in the last 20 plus years.) A couple of weeks into school I was sitting in the lunch room across from a kid that I didn’t know which was easy since I didn’t know any of them. I don’t remember the kids being very friendly, but what are you gonna do? Anyway, I kept looking up at him then looking away at other kids. I wasn’t the one to start a conversation, but I still hoped for one to begin. I liked to people watch more than anything. After looking up at this kid a few times he finally caught me, and got upset. He said “Stop staring at me.” I didn’t think I was, so I went back to my lunch. I looked up a few more times, him catching me again. This time he said “Stop staring at me, or I’m gonna tell on you!” Yeah, from that point on I pretty much kept to myself.
August 5th – Day 34: Your horoscope for today and whether you think it’s accurate
It’s a good time to start (or get back to) an exercise regimen. Things are a little wobbly regarding your body just now, but a little discipline is all you need to whip it back into shape. Go for it!
Yeah, this is probably right. Although it’s been a month, I’m getting geared up for this now. This was also the day that I turned in my Letter of Resignation, so in a sense, I did fulfill this horoscope… by exercising my faith.
August 6th – Day 35: Words you live by, why do you like them
Abraham Lincoln one said “Whatever it is you do, be good at it.”
I like this one because he’s essentially saying you can be whatever you want to be, but in much simpler terms. Simple is good. I like simple.
August 7th – Day 36: What you think about your friends
I love my friends. They are there for me when I need them, helping on all sorts of different ways. Some invite me over for dinner; some help me out with mechanical issues or computer issues. Some call or text just to say hi. Others call or text to get my expertise on all various sorts of things. I have good friends. I love them.
August 8th – Day 37: Who are you?
I am Jonathan Francis Hagar. I am a member of the world’s oldest Fraternity. I am a member of the second oldest, continuously chartered chapter in the state of Missouri. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am a Design Engineer. I am a Son, a Brother, a Friend… and a future Husband. I am a father to a cat, Mini. I like movies, and can cite actors and titles from memory like Rain Man. I listen to Top 40 music, for the most part, but still enjoy some good ole Hard Rock. I am these things, and anything else I may want to be. I am Jonathan Francis Hagar.
August 9th – Day 38: Thoughts on your generation
Oh boy. Well, this is kind of a hard one. I think my generation is a mix of first and last. People from my age group are the first to think they are entitled to several things… like money, work or respect. At the same time that means they are the last generation to not feel entitled to these things. (Not that people younger than me aren’t hard workers…) Several people my age go out and get what they want, working hard to achieve it. I’m not sure where the ‘disconnect’ happened, but it did. Maybe someone else can explain that better.
August 10th – Day 39: Why you think you’ve learned more from the good or the bad
I’ve learned from both, but maybe more from the bad. I can look back on “the bad” and make different choices.