Don’t Get Stuck – The Series…. Opening Remarks

August 15, 2013

Stuck 1Several things have come together lately that take my focus to the decisions we make in our lives. With that in mind I am going to attempt a series of posts here at RJ’s Corner with the title above.

Every day we make hundreds of choices in our lives.  Many of them are things like what to eat, or when to go to bed.  I think most of us are pretty good at making those daily decisions. But I am convinced that many, including myself, are not so good at some of the higher level ones. We just don’t spend enough time thinking them through before we make our choice.  Being in my seventh decade of life, I have been through a gamut of choices. I will use this wisdom to reflect on how I did in that regard. In this series I hope you get some insight into your own travels and hope that you learn a little from my words.

The title “Don’t Get Stuck” should give you a pretty clear idea of where I imagine I am going with these posts.  The idea is to never think you are stuck with just one thing. There are always choices. Some might require stepping back a few steps to admit that you made a previously unwise choice and then going from there. Some might be having the guts to go forward into an unknown area.  Some might be better for you; some better for others. But, the choice is always yours.

I haven’t completely thought out this series yet so I don’t really know how it will conclude but I do have quite a few titles in mind.  In order to not bore you to death I will likely intersperse this series with my usual stuff.  I hope to learn a few things about myself along the way.  I would love to hear from any of you about possible  topics and also I would love to hear some of your stories in this area.  I very highly encourage you to ring in here.  If you don’t feel comfortable with letting others know who you are email me at or comment as “anonymous”. I will break my rule about accepting those types of comments for this series .

Some of us in our senior years think that our choices in life have pretty much played out. I don’t believe that for a minute.  Some of us think that due to the roads previously chosen some choices are not now possible. I don’t believe that for a minute either. Come back on the days ahead to see where this series goes and help me move it along certain paths.

Be forewarned that I am not a professional in this area.  I am not a self-described lifestyle coach or anything like that.  I am just a simple guy who has made many choices in life; some of them pretty good, some not so good and am willing to share them with you in hopes that you and I  might learn something from them.

Never get stuck in your life thinking that you are out of options.


4 responses to Don’t Get Stuck – The Series…. Opening Remarks


    Sounds like a good one! Personally, I have never, ever considered myself stuck for good. I do get stuck, don’t misunderstand, but I know I always retain the ability to get unstuck if I so choose. One thing that immediately comes to mind is the para-Olympics. Many of these folk experienced life altering accidents, but they chose to simply alter their life courses, rather than considering themselves stuck. If they can do it, so can we.

    I have a friend that ran ultras (anything over a marathon is considered an ultra) well into his 60’s. He was hit by a bus two years ago while biking, and was in a coma for 6 weeks, and reduced considerably, physically, when he came out of his coma. He is now back to walking 5K’s, and wears a tee shirt when he ‘races’ that reads, “I was hit by a bus. What’s your excuse?”

    The above two examples focus on physical ability, and of course there are many other areas of our lives beside our physical selves, but I believe the same attitude can be applied regardless.

    Perhaps feeling stuck is a wake up call that we’ve become complacent in our own lives.



    Yeah this topic might be my little niche that makes me famous. 😉

    I already have over a dozen specific ideas for the posts on not getting stuck. There are just too many people who seem to almost give up on possible changes in their lives. They think they are stuck with some previous pretty stupid choices they have made. Change is good and making different choices is how we make that happen.

    Being deaf, of course physical disabilities was one of the first topics I thought of. No matter what your situation is you have choices….

    Keep on biking and hiking my friend…



    How about when a volunteer situation steps up and you just go for it.. How did you get into cooking at the shelter?