Welcome to my world according to me
To know me and what it is about life?
Did you ever wonder about life and the world we live in and how we managed to become a part of it? Sometimes in between working, making a living, striving for financial freedom, helping my son with his special needs, being a husband and a father devoted to both my wife and son I manage to find some time to myself where I think about abstract things that I never truly understand or grasp. I have always been intrigued by the earlier times in history and the many people who have come and gone. I often wondered about how the cavemen lived and survived and raised their families. When I go to McDonald's at lunch time I think about how the caveman had to hunt and kill for his meal. All I have to do is stand on line and order by number. How easy is that?
How was it determined that some would live in the prehistoric stone age or in the many earlier centuries to follow and others would live in the present day. It just strikes me as a very interesting concept that I have thought about many times. I often wondered what it was like to live way back then in such a vastly different place where living was such a harder and difficult existence. The things we take for granted and perceive as difficult are nothing compared to what early man and woman had to face in life.
Our lives have evolved over time and the modern conveniences we are accustomed to are the result of the advancements made that span the many centuries from the insight of those who made it possible with their vision and their dedication. If you asked someone from the 18th or 19th century how far they travelled from their hometown in their lifetime it would probably be less than 100 miles. If you ask someone today 100 miles would be the answer for maybe a day trip. It is such a different world we live in today.
Today we literally have the world at our fingertips where we can explore different places with the click of a mouse. The distance we travel from our hometown is much easier to negotiate today with the advent of flight travel to far off locations and the car for more convenient travel excursions. Sometimes with such technological innovation our lives become more complex because we have far more choices today than our ancestors ever had. It is a wonderful thing but we should take a moment to appreciate it and say "Wow" when we see a jumbo jet take off as it speeds down the runway. It is truly amazing how far we have come since the stone age. If I was given a choice I would always choose to live today with all the modern conveniences we have. I have become spoiled and I certainly would not want to have to kill to simply eat. I prefer having the butcher do that for me. Maybe it sounds cruel but that is where we have come as a society. When our food supply diminishes or we are planning for a major weather event we find ourselves going to the local supermarket to buy our necessary supplies of food and drink. The poor caveman had to fight for their daily existence everyday for their food by hunting and for their water they had to go to the stream. It was such a different way of life that I would not want to experience.
Another thing that comes to mind when I think about it is the probability of our parents meeting and our likely birth. I remember getting a kick out of the movie Back to the Future with Michael J. Fox when he goes back in time and potentially alters his future and changes the course of his life. He faces the daunting challenge upon meeting Dr Emmet Brown of trying to bring his future parents together at a school dance in hope that they will kiss so he and his siblings can truly experience their life. This really hits me as an amazing concept also because we are born as a result of our parents meeting and the thing that I really find fascinating is that if our parents never met or their parents never met we would not be here today. It seems like so many connections and circumstances have to occur for us to have life. I sometimes find myself wondering and pondering how we were blessed to have life and others were not because the circumstances were not there. It blows my mind as I think about it.
Did you ever wish to trace your family ancestry or try to recreate your family tree on both your parents sides? It would be a very interesting project and one that would require a lot of research. I have an aunt who is my dad's sister who did do some research and managed to trace the family lineage on the mother's side to as far back as the 1600's and found that our distant relatives were members of the Plumb family that had their roots in England. It was quite interesting to see the names of the parents and the children and the children's children and the children's children's children and their education and their careers. It was sad to to see that some children died very young from disease. I was very impressed with how far she was able to trace the family lineage.
I often wonder why we seem to get so upset sometimes when we really need to realize that our lives are temporary and we are just travelling through time like so many others who came before us. Our life spans have changed over the centuries and we now have the potential to live to between 8 to 10 decades. That seems like a long time but is really a snapshot in the scheme of the universe. I don't believe we would want to live past that as aging is cruel on the body and the mind and when we lose our independence, our beauty and our mind we don't feel the same about life like we once did. It is very difficult to age and it takes its toll on all of us.
I also feel sympathetic to the lesser forms of life who seem to really have struggle for existence. Just think what the average life span is for an ant or a fly. To us we sometimes look at them as a nuisance and sometimes have no remorse in killing them which is very sad. I have been guilty of that as well and I look to change my ways to be more compassionate to the lesser creatures. It is amazing when you think about it how we rely on the honeybee so much for our supply of honey and so many other wonderful taste treats. It has been said that ants can lift amazing weights compared to their weight and size and they are very hard workers as they fight for their survival everyday.
We all are here living our lives hopefully with happiness and appreciation for all we have and are grateful for all who have come into our life to make it less lonely and more happier. We only have one chance at life and we all must strive to find ourselves and live to be our best and always try to get along and respect all. That is what I think about when I have alone time. My mind sometimes is on overdrive and I try to write whatever comes across my mind that I feel would be interesting to read and talk about.
We all have interesting stories to tell and we all should talk about what our lives are all about and the ones in our lives who are special to us. My parents, my sisters, my wife, my son, my family, my grandparents, my aunts, my uncles, my cousins, my relatives, my friends, my doctors, my dentists, my religious advisers, my teachers, my coaches, my sponsors, my neighbors, my employers, my coworkers and all who have come into my life have made it so much more meaningful and that is cliche for a Mastercard commercial, Life and it's wonderful moments, memories and relationships are truly priceless, Everything else is Mastercard.
Dedicated to my wife, Maria and my son, Matty who make my life special everyday.
Edward D. Iannielli III