Tuesday, April 30, 2013

To Oblivion

We went to see the movie "Oblivion" over the weekend.  I enjoyed it a lot.  It was the kind of movie I'd typically expect to see in the summer - but for some reason I enjoyed the characters (including Tom Cruise), there was the right amount of "action", the special effects were stunning, and in the end it lasted after I left the theater as it provided kernels to think about.  Anyways - it's the kind of movie I like regardless of whether critics rave or pan it.

I needed the temporary diversion that a movie like that can provide.  I've got a lot on my plate right now and don't mind admitting that if I stop to think about it all it can be nerve-wracking.  I've got a number of options and it's hard to know what to do on any one of them because they're all connected.  So, until something happens to nail it all down I'll either need to continue to ride things out until something becomes more solid or just make a decision hoping that everything else will fall into place (and knowing that it might not).  I tend NOT to let myself become paralyzed while waiting for things to happen so I expect I'll just do what I decide to do and hope the rest of it all falls into place.  

Regardless - last week was too busy to stop and think about it but this week I can't help it.

The headline on the national news last night wasn't about a bombing.  It wasn't about a building collapsing, or something horrible that happened in Afghanistan.  It wasn't about North Korea, or jobs, or guns, or politics.  It was about an active NBA player coming out as gay.

I'll admit that I was a little taken aback that this was deemed the "headline" of the day.  While I certainly admire this player and recognize what it could/should mean, I didn't expect it to make this big a splash.  I guess I was wrong.  Anyway, I'm glad that openly LGBT athletes in the big 4 professional team sports is no longer something that doesn't have a face.  It's real.  And, as big as it finally happening is what happens next.

Back to movies - the DVD for Silver Lining Playbook is out this week.  I'll buy it.  All things considered, it was my favorite movie of 2012.  

A friend took some photos of the Beach Wrestling on Saturday.  They're not necessarily the most flattering photos I've ever shared but I had a wonderful time.  At this age I think I enjoy this style of wrestling most.  I only wish there were someone around I could practice more with...

2013 US National Beach Wrestling Championships

The key to all of this, and it's not just talk, is to DO things in life.  I like to think my actions reflect that approach to life as it's the driving force in much that I do.  The only failure in my book is to prevent fears or discomforts from doing the things in life that you want to do, want to try, or simply enjoy.  If anyone had ever told me I'd be doing half the things in my life that I do I would have told them that they were crazy.  My opponent in this photo is 24 years old and has competed on the Jr. National World Team.  All I can say is thank God I'm still in shape enough to do this, and that sand is soft.  :)

1 comment:

Sophie Lynne said...

I think the bigger news will be next season when we see how he's treated by the other players...

And I LOVE that pic!