It surprises me when someone wants to stay on a bus to nowhere.
We’ve lost our sense of wonder. Nothing seems all that surprising anymore. “Meh” is what people say about dazzling achievements. Climbing Mount Everest is now seen as a walk in the park.
So I found it amazing that so many of us tuned into Felix Baumgartner’s world-record setting fall from space. Baumgartner did a free fall at Mach 1.28 from 128,000 feet before slowing down and landing softly on earth. It was really dazzling…and for a couple of hours, lots of us were filled with a sense of wonder.
Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite president. I’ve read a dozen biographies. And I could read dozen more.
Many of you know that TR was a sickly child. Asthma. General malaise. But his parents didn’t just let him sit around. They sent him outdoors. They taught him. And Tr decided to remake himself into a strong version of himself.
When TR was 14, his father decided that the family should sail down the Nile for a year an learn about ancient Egyptian history. They had tutors. And experiences.
When an assassin shot him in 1912, TR shook it off and kept going. The Wisconsin Historical Society writes:
On October 14, 1912, Theodore Roosevelt was shot in Milwaukee by would-be assassin John Schrank, who had stalked him for three weeks through eight states. With a .38-calibre bullet still in his chest and blood soaking through his clothes, Roosevelt nevertheless addressed an audience of 9,000-12,000 people in Milwaukee Auditorium for 80 minutes, joking at one point that “It takes more than one bullet to kill a Bull Moose.”
He talked for 80 minutes with a bullet in his chest. (His 50-page speech and a set of reading glasses kept him from being killed.) And as you can see in the picture below, he rode a moose.
One tough hombre. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.