Fridays Weekend Column
About a Minnesota Man Exploring Life in the South
I don't care what you want to do, climb a mountain, build a house, boat, or airplane, just stop what ever else you are doing, and start your project tomorrow.
No, don't wait until you have the money or until you have the time, because if you wait for that, you will have a much harder time doing it or you never will do it.
My whole life I have wanted to build a tree house Well, if not a tree house, them an elevated house. I started one in Northern Minnesota, and got the building up with the roof on and a nice walkway to it, but then Charmaine got sick, and died, and the project kind of fell by the wayside.
Now, another ten years later I am building another. Man, I am having a blast doing it, and ideas fill my head a lot faster than I can build, but right now I can go up on it, and sit and enjoy being above the forest floor where I can watch what is going on down below.
Yes, without a doubt it would have been a lot easier to build it 20 or 30 years ago, and I wish I had. The older you are, the harder it gets. Up and down and up and down and up and down the ladder really isn't that much fun as you get older, but when you are young you don't even think about it.
I'll tell you what. I can work just as hard, and just as fast as a twenty year old, but for only about 4 hours, and some days for only three hours. After that there is a lot more thought time put in than actual construction going on. Sure it is still just as fun building or doing something you always wanted to do, but it takes so much longer. Plus after a day of working on your project, forget about doing much after dinner, because you are pooped.
However, if you stay steady working on your project you find after a while that those aches and pains in the morning are not so bad. Also, just getting out there and doing it has got to be a healthy thing to do.
I know because I said the same thing, "I'll do that some day," or "Some year." But it gets harder and harder. As you get older, you don't have more time to do things. You have less time. Days and weeks and months and finally years start to fly right on by. I can't tell you how many people I have met that were always going to do this or that, but never got around to it, and believe me they do regret that.
So, sit right down now no matter what your age and start that "bucket list" or write down that grand project you want to do, and start doing it. Maybe you can only get one step done, but that one step will put you on track to finish, and if you keep your idea at the forefront of your thoughts it won't be long before you take that second step.
The whole idea of starting as early as you can is that you may have time for another project, that you can do while you are enjoying the first one. Plus you will learn so much from that first one, that the second one will be much easier.
My tree house? It is getting done, and even though I can enjoy it already, it will be pretty wonderful when it is totally finished. I am still working on the adjoining sleep tower, that is close to being finished. But then I will need a dumb waited, and a brass fireman's pole to slide down, and I have been thinking of a zip line. Remember I told you about all that thought time? Well you start thinking about how to make things even better, and so who knows what that can lead to.
I'm thinking a few monumental sculptures that you could look up at from the ground and maybe down or directly at from the tree platforms would be a nice addition. Tell me, would it be cool to put in a flowing stream under the walk way? Like I said, start your project now, and who knows where it will lead you.
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