There are different levels of exploration for all of us. At some point in our lives, we all go on expeditions. Whether it is heading out for a cruise to the Galapagos Islands, or going to a new grocery store in our town. We explore. Maybe you have used the same hairspray for 15 years, and you decide to try a new brand. That is exploring. Or you’ve switched from peanut M&Ms to plain. A big and new first step.
It is branching out. Discovering.
For years, I was a PC person. I even worked in the line of IT for a while, and part of my job was to fix PCs. Public computer terminals. They don’t call ‘em terminals for nothing.
Anyway, about 15 years ago, I switched to Macs. I am happier for having done so. My life is fuller, and more complete. Filled with Apple Goodness. But, I’ve always used the appointed Mac keyboards. They are consistently slim and trim. They are so small, they’re close to non-existent, really. Well, these days, I write a lot. Sometimes, on a MacBook Pro, but a good portion of the time is in my office on my iMac. This is where the skinny keyboards have resided.
This week, I decided I needed more meat under these fingertips. I needed something heavier and more tactile as I type. So I bought one of the top-rated beasts-of-a-keyboard. It is called Das Keyboard. People like it because it looks and feels like the keyboards of old.
After using it briefly this morning, I have found that I like this new feel. However, I have to hold my arms slightly different, and they grew tired quickly. That is the pathetic shape I am in. But this is brand new good sound when I am typing now. I feel like I am on the news desk at CBS.
At any rate. This was a new exploration for me. A “finding out” of new information.
Another thing that occurred first thing this morning happened when I checked my email. I got a friend request on FB. This isn’t an uncommon thing. I think because I post my blogs as a “Public” item, I sometimes get a few “friends” who I don’t really know. However, on many occasions, they are just plain spam. Here is the query from this morning. It is a reminder that sometimes we don’t HAVE to explore. These are the little birdies chirping at us, telling us that discovering something new might not be a good idea. In this case, I can’t even read this person’s name, so I am going to pass for now on our Facebook camaraderie.
Reminders are all over the place for me today. I saw in my History Feed that this was the day, in 1912, that Captain Robert Scott, had just led a bunch of guys down to the South Pole. They got there just fine. But on the way back, things didn’t go so good. In fact, Scott and his team members died on their return from the pole. It was from, as you might imagine, a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold. But he was storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, and it was on this day that he made his last entry in his diary “the end cannot be far.”
You got that right Scotty.
Exploring took Robert Scott just a bit too far that time. Right over the edge and onto the brink of the next world, I suppose.
So there you have it. This business of examining life. Investigating. Exploring. Sometimes, it is amazing and wonderful. Sometimes, it is necessary. Even imperative. And other times?
You pass into the next world, hungry, and frozen as solid as a Tombstone Pizza.
“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.”
― Isaac Newton
“Give me but a firm spot on which to stand, and I shall move the earth.”
― Archimedes, The Works of Archimedes
“It’s the unknown that draws people.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,