As a teenager 50 years seemed light years away...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Phoenix Property Shoppe AZ Broker BR030809000
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This week has been an inspiring week in so many ways. It's been thoroughly enjoyable and quite mind pondering to revisit the U.S.A. landing on the moon and all that entailed. I was just a young teen when it all happened. At the time I remember watching the moon landing and being interested but not that interested. My little teenage brain wasn't exactly focused on being an astronaut! That in itself make me chuckle after finishing Jeff Dowler, CRS July challenge of What A Difference a Decade Makes. Thinking about my last 10 years was mind pondering and honestly quite challenging to do as there had been a lot going on this past ten years.  But going back 50 years?

 

Today I read a post by Michael Jacobs Grey Matters. One quote in particular caused both Gary and I to consider......possibilities. And isn't that what this journey is all about?  Of course.

 

What you think is an illusion created by your glands, your emotions

and, in the last analysis, by the content of your stomach. 

That gray matter you are so proud of is like a mirror in an amusement park which

transmits to you nothing but distorted signals from reality forever beyond your grasp. 

                                                                                                             Ayn Rand.

 

So what does all this pondering have to do with the moon landing, my last ten years, Jeff's challenge and Michael's interesting post today? I don't know!  Let's follow the path!

 

 

Here's what I do know....

 

50 years ago my little teenage brain had plans about going to college but no idea of what else was coming into play, really.Think about it - 50 years did you have any idea of where you were going to be 50 years later or even 10?  Think about your last 5 decades and go through them one by one, when you're in a pondering mood.....and see what pops up!

 

40 years ago I had grown tremendously found a career I loved and made a big move away from MN to Vail CO, That was an awesome ten years full of adventure and highs and lows. But I still didn't know what the next 10 years, forget 40 years would bring. I was a leader of many but didn't really think about that much, it just came naturally. And yet what did I really know yet?!!

 

30 years ago I had switched careers into real estate after I realized it had been a long time passion of mine. I loved it from day one and still do 30+ years later. I also went though a break up and that took some time to figure out what was next. I was very open to mentoring and attended many leadership and life success courses and then went on to be a staff member - which was totally awesome and mind pondering. That whole process changed my thinking and changed my life. And a couple of years later Gary and I crossed paths staffing those seminars and became good friends for 4 years or so before we realized - we were it!

 

20 years ago Gary and I were married and had settled into our new home. That was a fun FUN decade full of lots of activities, hosting big events, being involved in the community and many adventures! That's what I think of those 10 years - FUN! And yes sure, we were both highly engrossed in our businesses too.

 

10 years ago....well no need to re-write that decade. Read it here if you like!

 

So thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS  and Michael Jacobs  for giving me (and probably many, many others) a chance to reflect back and think about how amazing life is and can be, even in the tough times. Tonight let's all look up at the moon and be grateful for life.

 

As a teenager 50 years seemed light years away...

 

 

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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel happy you enjoyed my ponderings. I really hadn't even thought about the last 50 years or 10 actually because I'm happy living now! As I am sure you play with as well

Jul 21, 2019 11:04 AM #31
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Hi Carol Wilson LOL we were clueless but didn't know it yet! And yet we thought we knew so much. Some things never change in the cycle of growing up!! Too funny! What a great analogy - life is a book full of chapters to be filled out as we go along our jouney.  I'm playing on a new chapter right now....who knows where it will lead me next!! And isn't that the fun part of life - adventure!

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Anna 50 years may have seem light light years away when I was a teenager, but today it is as if it was yesterday.

Jul 21, 2019 03:03 PM #33
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Hi George Souto interesting perception, isn't it! Happy Sunday!

Jul 21, 2019 03:05 PM #34
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - And I thought going back 10 years was a challenge. As usual, Anna, you outdid yourself. I enjoyed reading about your life's journey and I'm glad you were blessed to have such a wonderful family and to have that great guy named Gary to be your forever man. 

I read your post about an hour ago and you inspired me to go back 50 years. It was an awakening! But I'm not ready to publish it here on AR or anywhere else. You opened up my eyes and they rolled backward. It is people like you who open up my heart that truly contributes to great inspiration. 

Congratulations on getting your Decade Post and 50 year Post FEATURED! You are the incredible woman!

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I remember when my dad turned 30 years old and I thought to myself, Wow, my Dad is an old man now. I just turned 62 and don't feel anywhere close to that old but numbers don't lie. 12 years old to 62, so much has happened. 

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Well, you know I loved everything about this post, Anna! This past week was the first time I had thought about 50-years-back in a LONG time (with the moon landing anniversary). 

SO much has transpired over the years, hasn't it? I have to say, your 'entertaining house' part of the story really resonated with me. We work so hard that it is so nice that we can so comfortably open up our sanctuary to our friends/sphere/clients. I think we are a rare few who actually do that. 

Have a great week ahead, Anna!

Jul 22, 2019 08:36 AM #37
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 50 years is a long time.....kind of crazy thinking about it. I'd love to see teachers talk about this in high schools as a motivation to really think about what they want to create. We never heard it, did you?  I am looking forward to reading your pondering post looking back 50 years. I'm sure it will be enightening to you. It's funny for me to look back to teens and 20's of how I was focused but really had no clue!! Thank you for your kind words!

Jul 22, 2019 10:25 AM #38
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Hi Scott that's a good story. My Dad was already 30 or so when I was born.  And now your 62 and don't feel old.....love it!  Your are not BTW!

Jul 22, 2019 10:28 AM #39
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS I think it's  a first for me too - looking back 50 years. Many folks must be doing this, don't you think?  As for entertaining it's natural for me as I grew up with the idea and concept. I do know for many that it's not easy and I'm glad I'm in the camp with you! So many of our clients turned into friends and many are friends with each too and it's a cool circle of folks! What's not to love about that!

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Anna loved your flashback to fifty years and fast forward to today post.... I watched it and I can still hear Neil Armstrong's words today as if it was yesterday.... will have to check out Michael Jacobs post I have been too busy no time to ponder:)Endre

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Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, I remember watching the moon landing, seems like yesterday, yet it was 50 years ago. So much has happened since then, some good, some not so great.

Jul 23, 2019 06:17 AM #42
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr. happy to hear you've been busy - that's a good thing! I can still remember it too - one of those moments we'll all never forget. It was a great week hearing so many other stories surrounding the moon walk.  Ponder on!

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Hi Beth Atalay I think we all remember it! Hard to imagine 50 years has gone by....amazing how fast time flies!

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I was five but I remember watching the moon landing. The whole family around that little black & white TV. I was a gear head in high school with dreams of owning my own shop. Joined the Army instead and became an aircraft mechanic. Did it as a civilan for a while but after 10 years, and a cross country relo, we bought a house and six weeks later they wanted to transfer me out of state. I quit, got my real estate license and spent almost 30 yrs (so far) in a career that I'd have laughted anyone in HS that told me I'd be in. Life's funny sometimes but I think we usually end up where we're supposed to be.

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Hi Patrick Willard you've had quite the ride this past 50 years! The moon landing was A BIG deal with just about every family I knew - and now know after the big 50 year celebration last week! 30 years in the biz, well you've seen it all, like me and then we run into something new! Life is supposed to be fun!!

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Hi Anna, what an adventure you have been on.  Looks like you made wise choices. I look at 50 years it's almost all been on Maui, surfing, starting a contracting business, family and last 25 years real estate. Still happily married, grandkids and added windsurfing.  It's a great journey, enjoy the ride.

Jul 23, 2019 01:34 PM #47
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Hey Steven Nickens  most of them wise...the rest good learning experiences!!  Which I think is true for just about everyone I know!  You've created an awesome life for you and your family. Love it and I 100% agree - enjoy the ride - all the ride!!

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So true.  I love reading about your adventures and the path you've taken.

50 years ago I was 9 going on 10.  Actually, that was the year I was adopted!  Life's changes were in the making!

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50 years ago I was just 13. Life flies by.   This was a fun read.

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