John's Most Wonderful Life
My life has indeed turned out completely different than what I imagined it would be. However, it has indeed been a most exciting, wonderful and completely unexpected journey; one I would not change for even the Grail itself (Stanley's Cup).
When I was first in my formative elementary, middle and high school years I envisioned myself as an NHL (hockey) goaltender, nothing else, (at 4 years of age I gave up my toy bazooka and army helmut for skates and a twig). When I wasn't drafted and discovered that another significantly more amazing goalie (than I), was not drafted, I ended this (NHL) quest (see footnote at the bottom of this article).
I set my sites on a college degree. I thought I would enjoy working as a roads engineer, since through summer employment I had enjoyed (loved) surveying in Northern Ontario. I decided on a career as a forest engineer since I had grown an affinity for the North Woods (North of Lake Superior) and became skilled at both interpreting aerial photographs, surveying and understanding the effects of glaciation of this region. Just prior to my graduation (after I interviewed wearing the exact same grey-stripped and drab suit as the personnel manager that interviewed me) I accepted a position at the Engineering Office of a Fortune 500 Pulp and Forest Products company. I had also fallen in love, married a beautiful woman (both inside and out) who I now call my better-half and brought her out of the Deep South to the extremely cold and Great White North. Due to my better-half's close call with death, the significant fact that I was beginning to understand that our small town may perhaps be a less than optimum place to raise children and we both loved to SCUBA dive, we decided to migrate somewhat like Canadian Geese to the Deep South, namely to a jutting and sore thumb that; well it juts out of the South bravely into both the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean. Unlike the geese we have not migrated back (yet).
It was time again to re-invent myself; there was no way to carry on as a forest engineer and I found out I could not practice as a civil engineer without re-educating. Well to make a long story, somewhat short I ended up as a school psychologist after graduate school and only practiced for a year before opportunity (not lightning) struck once again and I accepted a position at a college as an assistant professor and psychologist (in the late 90s). I am still at the same college and love being there; my work - world initially centered around instruction and psychological assessing than it evolved into managment of instruction (for a short while); until I contributed some research to my field and it is now even more optimized (for me) swinging not unlike the proverbial pendulum from joyous instruction of psychological principles to writing books and presenting my learning theory, titled Revelation Theory of Learning (RTL).
However, there is no doubt that my most cherished part of my life is my time spent with my better-half, our most wonderful brats, our canines, yes-even our felines and believe it or not, playing old-timers hockey with close friends near where we reside and within a most wonderful non-refereed ice-cold environment.
FOOTNOTE: This amazing college senior who I observed playing goal for the University of N Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey team played an amazing game against John Casey and the Gophers in the Spring-time of the early 80s. This guy was literally in a league of his own; and was significantly better than I could be; and he was not even drafted. He did end up as a walk-on (without any contract) at the Chicago Black Hawks training camp that summer; his name is Eddie (the Eagle) balfour and not only is he a chalice drinker; the eagle is an NHL Hall of Famer!