So...seems the last time I actually bothered with this account was back in 2011...and even then it was more just to "check in" than anything. So...here is a run down, in a fashion of whats been going on....there is a lot....a hell of a lot....
2010...saw my first Space Shuttle launch....this kind of set the ball rolling for the next 2 years, I traveled back and forth between the USA and Australia so much it nearly sent me financially bankrupt....but spiritually? I have seen 2 Space Shuttle launches up close, closer than I ever dreamed possible and closer than anyone in the public. Short of riding on the Shuttle itself. I have been to 4 launches in total. I have been to all the last launches, and despite costing me a lot, I fulfilled my biggest childhood dream short of becoming an astronaut. You cannot put a price on that. To this day I still wonder if it wasn't all just a dream. Thankfully it wasn't.
I have met many astronauts but my two standouts are Clayton Anderson, he and his wife (thanks to several friends of mine as well working behind the scenes!) gave me the best birthday present ever, I traveled to Houston and was able to spend the day at Johnson Space Centre, doing all the things again, that I had dreamed of ever since I can remember. I was able to visit inside Mission Control, watch astronauts at work at the ISS Mission Control, watched the crew of STS-133 (one of the launches I saw up close) training at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (the big pool!), met the crew before they launched, sat in the Shuttle simulator, and met another astronaut, someone else who was special to me to meet, TJ Creamer.
My work changed, and now I find myself looking for work for the first time in 20 years. I started racing mountain bikes again, got my fat lazy ass fit again and lost all the weight I had gained over a few years. I have friends all over the globe that I have now met in person thanks to extensive traveling all over the world, and I feel like I have second homes in NJ and FL. It is funny how life changes in such a short time.
Needless to say I stopped creating and exploring on here during this time. Life is fast, and between cycling and work creating came to an end. I do have an active Instagram account, but its mainly happy snaps and a good way to share photo's on twitter.
So now I am getting back into drawing again and I am remembering how much a love it. It allow's me to just create without thinking. Without stress. Without worrying what anyone thinks or says. I just draw. I have endured a fair bit of stress at my last job and in a way I am grateful. It has forced me to reevaluate my goals, work is not something I should have to stress about and lose sleep over anymore. Life really is too short to be focused purely on a career, especially when it causes health problems like I encountered. So now, whilst I need a job to pay the rent, I want to work to enjoy life, it's not about chasing the dollars or the responsibility anymore, because what good is all that if you don't enjoy it or end up a physical and emotional wreck?
I am now 40 years old, and taking stock of whats important. I still have a long way to go. I am still young. I am still learning and experiencing new things and meeting new people. But I am getting happier.
And hopefully I can share some of my efforts on here more.
Thanks deviant's.....still here.....just occasionally sidetracked