Wow, that's a catchy title me thinks!
I sometimes joke about Carlin 2.0. My life is made up of plenty of ideas or attempts at making something or other work.
Or at the very least not be too painful!
Sometimes I get to step outside myself and really look at where I am, from a fresh perspective. Like this weekend. No, can't go into details. But it was a time to really think. Damn. Here I am, all this potential, and no real game.
"Potential" ... hmph! That could be cliche all by itself! No, I won't waste the blog post on cliche. Or Potential either.
It got me thinking though. I just Tweeted a reference to Carlin 2.0 ~ Carlin 4.0 ... tweets are 140 characters. Clarity. Concise. Headlines. Windows into a story.
So, brief history of Carlin. Well, you know better. If I was good at brief, I'd have tweeted more lately! Hmmm over 11,000 tweets... 11,000 x 140 characters... probably a few books in there! anyway...
Carlin 1.0 we'll say was my time in the US Navy. Boot Camp, Training, more Training, Plane Captain, Jet Mechanic, training, Helicopter training, Desert Storm, Training, Auxiliary Security Force, Deadly Force, Marksman Medals, Tattoos, Any Service Member mail, scars, Sand Surf Sun. Officially from 1985 to 1994. San Diego, Memphis, Lemoore, China Lake, San Diego, Guam, Philippines, Japan, Persian Gulf, Diego Garcia, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Bali, Fujarah, Muscat, Oman, Miramar... married, divorced.
Carlin 2.0 After the Navy. Armed Security Guard. Got Sick. Got Fired. RV Trailer Lot guy... Trailer Lot going out of business. Homeless. Sold CDs and Jeans for gas money. Moved back home. Thanks Dad!
Carlin 3.0 Gets job as a computer tech. Knows really nothing about computers then. But surprisingly knows more about computers than most customers. Learns fast, gets good mentoring. Meets girl. Quits job. Moves. Breaks up with girl, moves back to computer job. For a pay cut. Y2K. Saves the world. Learns new skills. Takes tests. Gets certified MCSE. Gets big freaking pay raise. First time in life actually makes good money. That lasts a few months. Gets Fired. Just before Christmas.
Carlin 4.0 Self Employed / Business Owner. Wedding Video. Wedding Photographer. A few HUNDRED weddings. Gets Wife 2.0 Moves to Seattle. Doubles prices. Doubles number of jobs per year. Invests in new cameras. High Definition. World crashes. Market crashes. Divorce 2.0. Homeless. Carless. Car-less? Thanks Brian for the Attic!
Drifted... a while
Carlin 5.0 Interwebz.ca note the ".ca" that's a domain in Canada, eh? Thanks Mom! Apparently if you put up a sign on main street in small town, people will come. Just not a lot of them! And they expect miracles will be less expensive. And they'll get back to you, you know, when ever. I find myself missing the city. And being invisible.
Closing down the store this week. Then what? Damn, wish I knew.
Jamming to some Metallica - King Nothing ... Then it all crashes down...
Its like a check you could cash. You look at it, and think hey, there is something here. But the bank is closed. Or its not open when you want it to be. Or the Universe is nudging you, closing doors, but opening others... potential...
"Resilience" in psychology is the positive capacity of people to cope with stress and adversity. This coping may result in the individual "bouncing back" to a previous state of normal functioning, or using the experience of exposure to adversity to produce a "steeling effect" and function better than expected...