My neighbor and walking
companion did not show up this morning at the appointed hour
of 6 oclock, so I set out on my own. Alone with my thoughts,
I wondered what I might write about today for this feature in
Santa Fe Always Online. For the last couple of weeks I have
not submitted a column, for fear that I was boring my readers.
Actually, there are many things I would like to write about,
but I hesitate sometimes, thinking that my talent is not up
to the job. Many writers have such self-doubts, I am told.
One of things that has been on mind for quite a while, but I
haven't yet written about, is the fact that so many of the people
living here have missed most of what Santa Fe and surrounding
areas have to offer. I'm sure this is true all over the worldbut
when it comes to missing out in Santa Fe, that hurts me. Why?
I guess that I find this city such a wonderful place that when
I see people missing so much of what it has to offer, I want
to somehow grab ahold of them and say, "Let me show you
Here goes my effort
to explain what I mean. Maybe after reading this article you
might feel that the thought of me being mute for a few more
weeks is not such a bad idea. In fact, it isn't that I haven't
been writingits just that I haven't been pleased
with the results. I'm never totally pleased, but boring is boring.
Yet eventually my thoughts just bubble out, and I guess I have
to say something or I'll bust. Anyway, here goes.
Each of us has limiting
parameters, like blinders that block our peripheral vision.
These parameters (such as our upbringing) are what limit our
life experiences. But it is amazing to me how narrow these parameters
are for most people. And I mean most!
New Mexico, the fifth-biggest
state in the Union, has so much to offer in a variety of ways
that it is impossible to talk about them all in an article such
as this. Most Americans are proud of their states, and I'm not
trying to do one-upsmanship on anyone. But I do
have to say that this part of the country is pretty darn special.
In spite of New Mexicos
amazing variety, however, I find that many people who live here
or visit see and do very little of what this area has to offer.
The museum lovers only see museums, fishermen only fish, hunters
only hunt, skiers only ski, opera-goers only go to operas, and
others only come to do what they come to dowhich is generally
So if youre
planning to come to Santa Fe, I implore youdont
limit your experiences to the interests you already have. Add
some new ones.
Just because you
not a skier doesn't mean you can't take a ride up to the ski
run in the summer or fall and look at the beauty that surrounds
Santa Fe. Just because youve been bored in a museum or
gallery in the past, dont pass up the wonderful museums
and galleries in Santa Fe. The items on display are simply amazing.
I guarantee you that
if you give yourself a chance when you come to Santa Fe and
do things that you never did before, you will make marvelous
discoveriesall the more marvelous because they will be
new. Again, I say, Santa Fe is truly a special place. Don't
let your past limit your future.
Saddest of all, several
of my Santa Fe friends who have lived here many yearsand
in some cases all their liveshave experienced very little
of what our city has to offer. No matter how hard I've tried
to convince them to go and do some things they've never done
before, they've resisted my efforts.
One friend who passed
away a while back always ate in just one café in the
more than 50 years he lived here, in spite of Santa Fes
wonderful array of restaurants. And he was a wealthy man. To
him, once he found a place that satisfied him, he felt no need
to look any further. It pains me to think of all the dining
adventures he missed.
I have another friend,
also quite wealthy, with limited experience with respect to
Santa Fe, even though he was born here. One day I asked him,
"Do you know the major difference between you and me?"
He said no, so I said, "You have a million dollars (he
has much more than that), and I've had a million dollars worth
of fun." I dont think he understood. He thinks he's
done it the best way. I just wish he had at least tried my way.
I guess what I'm
saying is that when you come to Santa Fe, take time to do things
you have never done before. And if you find yourself enjoying
these experiences, maybe when you return home, you'll try some
things back there that you never tried before. You might be
surprised how interesting and fun new adventures can be.
Have a great day.