….on to the questions:
Where to begin… I suppose work is a fair place to start since we tend to spend at least half of our waking time there. I'm a merchant marine officer...which essentially means I get to operate ships for a living. Think of the big container ships, tankers, cruise ships, etc and you’ll have the right idea. (Yep, that’s right…someone let me slip through the cracks and gave me a license to navigate a floating city 2 football fields long…oops!) Currently I'm the 2nd Officer when I'm on a ship. I'm working on my license upgrade right now to become a captain in the next couple of years....it’s a bit of a process. That's what I do for a job, but there's a lot more to me than work. I think I’ve said quite a bit about me in answering the other questions below, but if you'd like to know more about me or something specific, please ask. I'm an easy person to talk to and I’m an open book for the most part. More to come later as I think of it… :-)
I’m not all work though. I make sure I have balance in my life. I love to spend time outdoors. I am most at peace when I'm out in nature. I find it very relaxing. I love live music, sports, exercise of almost any kind, learning and trying new things like new foods and experiencing different cultures when I travel, spending time with my friends and family over good coffee,wine,beer...and finding enjoyment and contentment in life in general. I only get one life and I want to make it count.
Aside from that, I think about things like how am I going to contribute to this world…big picture and also on the small scale. I believe in contributing where and when I can. It doesn’t have to be huge things. I would eventually like to get back into coaching swimming or cross country…or whatever sport happens to be able to use my help…and do things like volunteer with a local organizations, etc. It’s so easy to get caught up with our own little worlds and trying to achieve our own personal goals in life- that at least in my own personal experience I forget sometimes to look around, take a breath, enjoy what’s around me, and help others to be able to do the same. It’s just about being part of a community and not just of this world…but in it. Ok, I’m not going to burst into ‘Kumbaya’ or anything. I’m just say’n.