Everything At Once

May 1, 2013

Everything At Once

Have you ever thought about everything that’s happening, all at once?

With 7 billion people on planet earth, I think it’s fair to say that there’s usually at least one person doing just about…anything. Right now, there’s someone out there lighting the fuse on a firework. There’s someone throwing up. There’s someone eating a steak as rare as the day is long. There’s someone out there that just broke their hand or maybe their wrist. There’s someone watching The Italian Job. There’s probably even someone out there that just pulled the cord on their parachute and they’re laughing until they cry.

Isn’t that a weird thought?

Here we are, on a very average day like May 1st where maybe nothing exceptional happened to us. But there’s probably someone out there that just had the single most amazing day of their entire Lives. Or maybe there was someone out there that just had the worst. It’s all in the way the world spins. Days slip by so easily and some go unnoticed to us, but there’s always someone out there that’ll say: “I’ll forever remember January 5th, 2006.” Or: “I’ll never forget June 21st, 1986.”

And I think that’s one of the more marvelous things about the human race. That we can pick out these little moments in our Lives, our own personal fulcrums and say: “That was an important day.” And we might even celebrate it annually, out of respect. Anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, reunions, private mournings, memorials, remembrances…reflections. We never pass up an opportunity to mark a day as one more important than the rest.

Along this train of thought…Sometimes, if I’m not having the best of days, I like to think about the somebody out there that just got the job of their dreams or they were just proposed to or they got their acceptance letter to some Ivy League school or…Who knows? But it makes me kind of happy to know that there’s someone out there with their heart pitter-pattering and their face filled with a foolish grin. It makes me happy to know that this day was marked down in someone’s mind as the best day ever.

Just food for thought. Mindless speculation. That’s what I’m in the business of.

-Brian Wiegand (An Idiot, A Superman in training)


Super Powers

March 10, 2013

Super Powers

If you could have any Super Power, what would it be?

I think that’s my favorite rhetorical question to ask. It’s also a question that I entertain when I find myself struggling to fall asleep at night. If I could have any Super Power…What would it be? What would I do with that Power? Do other people have Powers in this fantasy? What Super Powers fit the personalities of my friends and family? What would they do with their Power?

If I could have any Super Power, I’d probably want to be able to fly. I realize that’s an unbearably typical answer, but I can’t get over how much fun that would be. Takin’ flight and zipping through the sky whenever you want? Not to mention how fast you’d be able to get everywhere. Well, given that you could fly quickly. How awful would it be if you were suddenly gifted with the ability to fly…but only very slowly. Like, what if someone could walk faster than you could fly? What a bummer, right?

Anyway, I’d want to fly. Because I think it would be the cat’s meow. The bee’s knees. The fish’s pajamas. But that’s not totally what this blog post is about. This is a post about Super Powers…but of a different sort.

While humans probably won’t ever develop supernatural abilities, I think we all have a sort of “Super Power.” And now we’ve arrived at the point of the blog. Let’s start with the idea that everyone is good at something. Not necessarily spectacular, not necessarily a master…but everyone is good at something. And that something requires some part of the persons body, soul, or mind. Soccer players need feet, artists need hands, mathematicians need brains, pianists need fingers…so on and so forth. And that part of them, I think, is sort of special…it’s Super. It’s not like everyone else’s.

I think that’s kind of a cool idea.

As horribly cliché as it sounds, I think it’s important to sometimes take a moment and realize how Super we all really are. We’re not just boys and girls toddling around aimlessly. We are men and women put on this Earth with these Super Powers to do great things.

And I think that is pretty darn Super.

-Brian Wiegand (An Idiot, A Superman in training)