I was born on September 7, 1954. Born in California, but raised in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the USA. Bilingual in French and English and I am extremely well traveled.
Sure, I get it. You want me to give you my history. But it is irrelevant to me at this juncture. It matters not where I went, what I used to believe and whatever it was that I was about because that person simply doesn’t exist anymore. Perhaps history is best kept where it can serve us best, which is in the past.
In a short autobiography of myself, I am expected to disclose relevant information in regard to my past. I am expected to peak your interest by portraying myself in one lavish fashion or another. You want to know where I’ve been, what I’ve done and how much I know, but this isn’t about me, it is about you.
I can tell you this, I have lived, done, learned, experienced, and endured more in my one lifetime than most people could in 10. If there is one thing that is most certain to me, it is that I have always strived to be unlike you. I have lived among many cultures and races of peoples, I have participated in many religions and philosophies, and I have traveled and experienced life in many countries upon my world.
I’ve been stranded in deserts like the Sahara and the Mojave and I have been lost at sea while bleeding in shark infested waters in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I’ve been deep in the jungles covered in leeches and upon glacial alpine peaks standing on a sea of clouds. I’ve slept on tigers, and have been surrounded by thousands of venomous snakes as they slithered between my legs and feet. I have fallen down a mountain until reaching the open abyss of an ominous ice cave as I lay twisted and perched amid a branch overhanging a 50 foot waterfall and was awed at the beauty that lay before me. Water rushing and pulsing under the ice as the snow meld faded into the Ice cave’s darkness. The ice cave was 100 feet across and 30 feet high and if I would have not found myself entangled in a tree at the precipice of the Ice melt, my body would not have been recovered until the middle of summer. After tumbling down a mountain ice sheet for over a half mile, six inches to my left or to my right would have made this current story non-existent.
I’ve been chased and hunted through Asian jungles and mountains; I have even once been the attempt of a kidnapping as a child in Morocco. I have swum among the sea snakes and stone fish and have hand fed a moray eel. I have rested my arm across the snout of a tiger shark just to say hello. I’ve been stung by scorpions, black widows, centipedes, tarantulas and things that I didn’t even know existed. I have climbed to places that I could not climb down. I’ve been shot at, stabbed at punched at and bitten, and throughout it all, I am here to share a book with you that I wrote because I came to realize something about this existence that we all share in.
I once saved a life with only a touch, when nobody else around me even tried to do anything. I have placed myself in great jeopardy to help those who would not stand up for themselves. I have often placed myself at great risk to protect people and animals and I did not hide behind a badge and a gun when doing so.
I do not consider myself to be a good person or a bad person or a kind person or an evil person. I do not consider myself to be a brave person or a daring person or a bold person or a dangerous person. I do not consider myself being a dumb person a stupid person a hopeless person or a byproduct of my environment. I do not regard myself as being atheist nor do I regard myself as being spiritual or religious. I do not consider myself to be fortunate, lucky, brave, daring, or anything that makes me stand apart from other humans, but I am very inquisitive and very curious about why things are the way that they are. Although, if there is one notable thing that might make me different than a lot of other humans, it is that I am always eager to try something new, to think something differently, and to question everything regardless of its source or its topic.
In a nutshell and most fundamentally, this is who I am. I am the one that your parents and teachers warned you about. I am Ron and hello, it is nice to meet you.