My Bleeding Pen
The Pace is Building
"Life goes by in a flash."
That’s what everyone who has lived most of theirs says. Those with most of theirs in front of them don’t believe this because it is not their reality. Their reality is the opposite. The days, weeks, months and years slug by like rush hour traffic in the big city. They spend their days waiting - waiting for Christmas and birthdays, waiting for school to get out, waiting for the weekend, and their first cars and lovers and waiting and waiting…
Then one day something happens. At the time it might seem like a small thing, a small thing you don’t even care about but it’s something. You know it’s something and it kind of nags you a bit. And as the days roll by, with increasing haste, that “something” is joined by other things and more things. Until finally it is joined by everything and there is nothing left. And what is that “thing” - I’ll tell you, it’s the moment you realize you’re too old to do something you want to do. You don’t have enough time or your body has betrayed you. You’re not going to run your fastest 10K. You’re not going to finish that novel, learn to play the guitar or speak another language. You’re never going to go to Spain and you’ll never kiss a stranger again.
The first time one of these things creeps between your eyes, is the day the Rubicon is passed. The summit is crested and it the road tips downward. The going is easier, faster and in many ways a lot more fun.
And of course the truth is you are more often then not, wrong - you might not go to the Olympics but you can still put the fade-out on your screenplay, sign up for a French class or book a flight to Mexico. But you have to believe it and you have to act on it. You’ve learned the hard way that tomorrow is here and the time is now.
Is that what separates the Steve Jobs and the Stephen Kings of the world? Have they simply lived their lives as though they’ve always known it was a short trip?
Well, let me tell you, I’m past the half way mark and I’ve let too many “things” get on the pile. I’m going to start living like there’s no tomorrow.
Everone’s Talking About Guns
Boil it down.
The more guns there are, the more people will die from them.
Pro-gun folk will NEVER concede this.
There are too many guns to imagine you can just “take them away.”
You’ll never come up with a quick fix solution.
The solution will be one that will take generations to have an effect and likely will create more problems than solve - in the short term.
I’ve got opinions. You’ve got opinions. Everyone has opinions but they’re meaningless without evidence to back them. I believe fewer people would be dead in the United States if there were fewer semi automatic weapons out there. But maybe I’m wrong. I believe in reason before faith so rather than stand on the corner with painted signs - let’s get some evidence on the matter.