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02/21/2023

DARTH M Turns 51...

 

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So, I was trying to reflect on 51 and see what Iíve learned this past year. This is itÖ

A year (and 2 days) ago, on my 50th birthday, I made a post about what I had learned over the last 50 years.

While Iím always trying to grow to be a better human, (and donít get me wrong, Iím far from perfect) this past year I think may have been one of my most enlightened.

No. I didnít have a near-death experience.

There was no epiphany.

No eureka moment in the middle of the night.

And

No, Iím not sick (as far as I know 🤨)

Honestly, it was just a confluence of conversations and events. Simply exposure to concepts/beliefs and philosophies.

While none of it was mind-blowing, it was concepts that provided me, personally, the lens for some focal clarity in my beliefs.

One area that really stood out this year is my time.

Specifically my own mortality.

Time is our most valuable resource. It is ever depleting, never replenishing and whenís itís gone, itís gone.

Tick TockÖ

Donít get me wrong, I still fritter away loads of it on occasion, but Iím very conscious about it now more than ever.

You see the run up to age 50, to me, was still an uphill journey.

Yet, this last year was different. Different because itís become clearer that, even if Iím fortunate, Iím definitively on the backside of the hill. (Doesnít mean I wonít fight to the end but, eventually the body, or fate, does have itís limits)

ĎMemento Morií is a Latin saying that means ĎRemember you must dieí.

So this year I really, truly began to weigh the value of my time carefully.

Whatís truly important?

Whatís in my control?

Whatís worth my time?

The answer for me is easy (and not very different than before) -

Personal Growth

Family

Friends

Pets

Mentoring

Hobbies

Notice something missing?Ö Work.

Why is not on that list? Because work doesnít define me. No one ever put on their tombstone ďLoving husband, father and Airbus pilot!Ē

I do enjoy work but more for the process - the challenge.

Being a pilot is my lifelong dream and Iím fortunate to have achieved it.

I enjoy the relationships Iíve cultivated during the career (Friends). Iíve enjoyed the experiences Iíve had (Personal Growth) but at the end of the day, it does essentially rob me (like all of us) of time dedicated to family, friends, hobbies, etc.

I mean it is what it is, we have to earn a paycheck. However, Iím more aware that Iím simply a cog in the machine and the paycheck is a means to an end. Nothing more.

Anyway, I digress.

Itís been a good year for mental growth.

Everyday I wake up is a gift.

I Appreciate the little things more.

I Appreciate the value of time a little more.

Remember, If youíre not growing, youíre dyingÖ

This year, I turned 51 but I donít feel a day over 50!

Thanks for your time and birthday wishes.

#MementoMori

😎

 

So, that will bring us up to date for this edition of the Darth-M news.  Once again, if you want a "MORE" detailed idea of what the FUBAR I've been up too, be sure to visit the Kids Photo Albums and my Aviation Adventures albums for loads more pics!  (Most of which are still forthcoming but 2018 is all up to date!)

Pics in Aviation Adventures, and Alex, Jessica!with COMPLETELY NEW albums titled KIDS - a combination albums for both kids! (Click either button below to head over there!)

      

Also, don't forget - all FUBARHQ video content is over on www.VIMEO.Com/FUBARHQ where frankly, they're just a lot more laid back!?  So, any and all new FUBARHQ video content will find itself on VIMEO servers.  Anyway, read the updates below and the send off..  Talk later       

CHEEKY'S "continuing" adventures now contain 10 albums and 2100+ captioned photos, be sure to check out his website -

www.SWINGERMONKEY.net

or

www.SWINGERMONKEY.com

       A gift from the FUBARHQ, FNC and Dave to you - don't forget to check out the FUBARchives over at the FUBAR News.  It's for all of our dedicated comrades and fans as a small token of thanks for 26 years! - There's so much content to download! 

Oh and before I forget -

Still on FACEBOOK - www.FACEBOOK.com

ATOMIC PUPPY is on MySpace Music along with free music downloads at Last.fm (total listens had topped 62,000 before the site's re-boot!) - www.MySpace.com/AtomicPuppyMusic

VIDEO CONTENT UPDATE!!!

ALL FUBARHQ video content is NOW rockin' on www.vimeo.com

 

       As always, you can still (as if you haven't?) READ/DOWNLOAD (FOR FREE MIND YOU!?) an early draft of the Prologue/Chapter 1 to Rule of Thirds and the opening scene of Sky Hunters by <clicking> one of the links below...
Read
PROLOGUE/CHAP. 1 - THE RULE Of THIRDS. 
SKY HUNTERS - Final Draft - Scene 1
Download

DOWNLOAD PROLOGUE and CHAPTERS 1,2,3 of Rule of Thirds <click here>

Until next time; "We know you have a choice when it comes to web surfing, thank you for choosing ME today!"  After all I do put the "ME" in AWESOME!?... ;oP

Dave, The Cyber Kid (BTST)

CEO/Founder FUBARS (est. 1989)

FUBARS, FUBAR  News Corporation, FUBAR Entertainment, Atomic Puppy SwingerMonkey & Outside the Cube © 2000-2013

PS - Did you know, 5 years of MAXIM Magazines, over 10 years ago, would've looked like this on your bookshelf?...

BTST - Been There, Surfed That

OH, and just in case you still don't have this memorized (YET)!?...

Since I left you last I was entertaining a major coffee habit but two years ago I was able (in about 4 days actually) to go from 5-6 cups a day to one!  While I do still drink 5-6 cups of "coffee" a day only one of them now actually is caffeinated!  So, with this I felt I needed to update my four cups list! -

There are four cups of coffee consumed in the morning.  Each cup is named/labeled by the emotional state that it facilitates in the drinker.  The four cups are labeled as follows -

1. :oI - The "Up" Cup (Decaf/Optional 1/2 Caff.);  to wake you... as the smooth aroma entices you and the silky taste prepares you for

2. :o) - The "Happy" Cup (The FULL One w/ Caffeine!); as the neurons start to fire and the body kicks to life, shifting into "high" gear,  a sense of well-being overcomes...

3. :o[ - The "Angry" Cup; (Decaf) "well-being" is cast aside as the desire to choke the living daylights out of a random stranger for all the problems in the world ensues... plus you no longer get the rush from the caffeine so that pretty much bums you out...

4. :o\ - The "Motivation" Cup (Decaf/Optional 1/2 Caff. cup);  after realizing that violence isn't (necessarily) the answer and the fact that you've been sitting at the coffee shop for a few hours, this cup "snaps" you back to the reality that you actually have "stuff" to do and so, with this refill... you leave... and either get some stuff done (if you went with the Caf) or crash on the couch (with the Decaf option!)

There you have it...  Now go grab a cup of mud and indulge a bit...

 

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