On this day in my personal history… 1968
THE BELGRADE GRADUATE
On this day nearly half a century ago, a Belgrade graduate entered the world of adulthood.
But not like Dustin Hoffman in the Oscar-winning movie “The Graduate.” There was no Anne Bancroft to seduce me, nor Katharine Ross to fall in love with. Nor the California sunshine.
It was a cold, freezing winter day in Belgrade. And after I defended my thesis orally in late afternoon, and graduated as the first in my class, I was joined for an all-night party by my all-male classmates at a nearby restaurant. The photo you see here was taken at about 2AM. Which is why everybody looked so “merry.” 🙂
You’ll probably never guess what I graduated as?
Civil engineering! No kidding.
Yes, this writer, musician, shaman, war correspondent, playwright, filmmaker, public speaker… who made his money as a computer industry consultant, was meant to build roads and bridges on this day in 1968.
As it turned out, I only did a little bit of that in the last 8 years Elizabeth and I lived in Maui. By hand, not using construction equipment. I called it my “farmer’s yoga.” 🙂
So it goes… Fully how life takes its own turns in the most unexpected directions. If we let it. If we follow our passions, our intuitions, let our talents shine.
As Mark Twain put it, “if you love what you do, you’ll never have to work another day in your life.” 🙂
PS: By the way, my “graduation picture” is a photoshop. We did not used wear gowns and funny hats like that when graduating from European universities. Furthermore, I colorized my passport photo to create effect. Being artistic and creative was something they did not teach me in the civil engineering classes at the Belgrade university. That came later on, as I unwittingly followed Mark Twain’s advice.
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UPDATE DEC 12, 2017
PUTIN AND ALTZAR IN 1970: TWINS? – Revisited
One of the readers of my yesterday’s post on Putin (WHAT IS PUTIN UP TO?), a young woman from Chicago, commented, “I’m pretty sure I’m falling in love with the Russian president.” ❤
Which reminded me of another post I made in July of last year (PUTIN AND ALTZAR IN 1970: TWINS?).
You can see them both below, along with an updated “Evolution” (of twin souls?) image. So it goes… 🙂
https://www.facebook.com/groups/vladimirputinfans/permalink/10156042456016942/ (WHAT IS PUTIN UP TO? – Dec 11, 2017)
https://www.facebook.com/bob.djurdjevic/posts/10208085824638293 (PUTIN AND ALTZAR IN 1970: TWINS? – July 12, 2016)