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The Un-Comfort Zone II by Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. Why Do You Need a Purpose in Life? “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my father asked me when I was eight years old. He would periodically ask me this question (as would numerous other adults - it still seems to be a popular question to ask children when they are too young to have a clue). Two years earlier, I answered, “I want to be a scuba diver like the man in Sea Hunt (a popular TV series from the 1960s). But this time, I answered, “I want to be a writer.” I had recently been praised for some poetry and stories I wrote; I enjoyed writing and it seemed to come naturally. I haven’t wavered since. It’s rare to know what you want to do for the rest of your life; it’s even rarer to know your purpose in life. I certainly didn’t know mine at age eight. Two years later, after a particularly good sermon by my minister, Dr. Cecil Myers, I told my mother I wanted to be a minister. Dr. Myers was a master storyteller and joke teller. He is the only preacher who has ever been able to hold my attention. My mother suggested I enroll in confirmation classes with my church. Wow, it cured me of any desire to be a minister; I quickly realized I wasn’t interested in all the religious stuff. What I was interested in was telling great stories and jokes. At age ten, my interest in becoming a speaker was already emerging, but speaking - telling great stories and jokes - is still NOT a purpose. When I was 12, I saw a Mark Twain impersonator on stage, and it crystalized in my mind what I wanted to be: a humorist writer and speaker. That was still not a pur- pose. I wouldn’t discover my purpose until I was much older and had a body of written work under my belt. When I was in college, I became interested in politics - not with the traditional two parties - but with an idea. I was attracted to the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). Similar to the Golden Rule, the NAP is the belief that a person is free to act as they choose as long as they do not initiate force, New & Used Bits, HDD Bits & Tools, Drag Bits & Wings, Bolt-On Drag Bits, Reverse Circulation Tools, Hole Openers, Claw Bits, Stabilizers, Subs, Custom Tooling & Welding, Hammer Bits, Drill Collars, Pipe Wipers, and Drill Pipe. Office: (661) 834-4348 Rod Henderson / Eran Henderson 661-201-6259 • 661-330-0790 Wilson cont’d on page 12. 8 MAY 2020 WorldWide Drilling Resource ®