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Up to my neck

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I feel like I’m up to my neck in work and the summer is starting to slip away already. Time to put the brakes on and skid into some vacation. If there is one thing I’ve learned in 5 plus decades of work is that life outside work is much more precious.

From a sculpture at the National Harbor. Photo by Mike Hartley

It also doesn’t look as if I’m going to get any seat time in my go-cart (the Miata). The cover has been on it and I doubt it’s coming off for several days by the looks of the weather.

I might use it as a good excuse to work on my many projects. For the workweek is mostly completed and it’s time for family, friends, and fun.

I selected the photo above when I started this post around 3 am. It’s now shortly after 3 pm EST and the news conference about the loss of the 5 individuals exploring the Titanic wreck have perished just finished. A very sad day for explorers around the globe. The earth, the depths of the oceans, the skies, and the atmosphere above are all very unforgiving places.

While very tragic these people passed doing what they wanted. Be it for the knowledge, the experience, the desire in their mind, or the passion to explore. I believe the expression on the sculpture above would represent their faces if they weren’t allowed to explore instead of their last moments.

People might say they were taking incredible risks far beyond what they should have exposed themselves to. But think of the risks we all take every day ourselves. Many die every day on the highways, at their workplace, or at home doing things that have risks.

Life is littered with risks. For a minute I thought about that father taking his son along and that was not being fair to the boy. Then I remembered a day long ago when I took my son for a motorcycle ride when he was even younger than this boy. So no stones shall be cast by me. May they all rest in peace.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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