Pronunciation: \ˈgran-dē-ˌōs, ˌgran-dē-ˈ\
Etymology: French, from Italian grandioso, from grande great, from Latin grandis
1 : characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration
2 : impressive because of uncommon largeness, scope, effect, or grandeur
grandiose. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Retrieved August 22, 2008, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grandiose
I have been told many times in my life that I have “grand” or “grandiose” ideas. A lot of who I am is inherited from my dad, the king of grand ideas, who has accomplished and failed at more things than I could ever dream of doing. Over the course of his life he held down a full-time job at the local cement plant while running four different businesses. Serving our country in Vietnam he traveled the world, flew planes, and escaped death. His workshop was filled with tools that he created, and the works turned out of that garage shop were well-designed and beautiful. He is an entrepreneur, an inventor, a teacher, and a hero. Some of the same sprit lives inside of me.
When I was eight, I wanted to be an astronaut. At 12 it was a professional basketball player. High school got me thinking that I wanted to be a psychologist. All grand ideas, but none ever transpired. I taught myself to knit, graduated college with a Computer Science degree, and gave birth to a 10+ pound child naturally. Again, all grand ideas, but this time each were realized. I tend to start projects I will never finish and I always bite off more than I can chew. I am constantly thinking, inventing things in my head and and trying to solve problems. More grand ideas.
Although every post I write will not be the most impressive or thoughtful post in a world of blogs, I need a creative outlet for my thoughts. Blogging has interested me for some time and I admire those who are able to express themselves daily in written word. I hope to join them by sharing the ideas in my head, some grandiose, some not, from time to time.