Life's best ideas often arrive in a dream or in the shower.
In both situations, you're left scrambling for a notepad -- often in a semi-conscious state. When you wrap up your shower or finish your beauty sleep, you revisit your notes and ask a simple question: "Was my idea really that good?"
Sometimes, it is. And sometimes, what began as a scribbled flash of inspiration eventually transforms into a life-changing decision, a best-selling novel or a prize-winning business.
Does the process sound familiar? If you can make it to the National Infantry Museum this week, you might have a shot at fame.
That's right: "Need for Speed" wasn't your final chance to secure stardom.
Columbus is one of 20 stops on Mutual of Omaha's Aha Moment Tour. A mobile TV studio travels to various U.S. cities, where people can record stories about their "aha moments" -- moments that initiated a life change. Record your story and you might be featured in a 30-second TV ad, slated to air next spring.
The Aha Moment Tour will be at the National Infantry Museum (1775 Legacy Way, Columbus) on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days. It's free to participate.
If you're interested, you may sign up in advance online. Click here to register online. You may also show up without a reservation.
Stories should focus on a "moment of inspiration, hope and catalytic change," according to a press release for the tour. Looking for more guidance? Visit youtube.com/myahamoment to watch sample videos.
In one clip, a woman says, "Retirement is a chance to recycle yourself." In another, a man shares how he ended up making a living out of playing with toothpicks.
In my time at the Ledger-Enquirer, I've watched the newspaper chronicle stories of courage, willpower and strength. I'm sure the Chattahoochee Valley will deliver many noteworthy "aha moments."
What's mine? It didn't arrive in the shower or in a dream. It didn't directly initiate my chosen career. But it's fitting that I reminisce about the moment as Father's Day approaches.
I was watching fireworks in Chicago. It was crowded and I sat on my dad's shoulders to get a better view of the sky. It was one of those nights that required no bold declarations of happiness. Existence alone was enough.
When an especially vibrant firework flashed in the sky, I realized this wouldn't last forever. It wasn't about the time constraints surrounding the fireworks show, but rather the less tangible deadlines tied to human relationships.
Amid a mix of sadness and gratitude, I wondered what to do once the fireworks surrounding my realization subsided.
Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-571-8516. Visit ledger-enquirer.com/sonya to read her columns.