I met Bruce the same time I met Bill (from last week's episode). He was out bird watching with his buddies along side a pond located in the center of a short roundabout hiking path. One thing that really stood out to me was Bruce's calm gentle personality. He was so kind and answered all my questions with the utmost interest in my project. He loved that I was following my passion and encouraged me to always do so.
Bruce has been birding for 40 years. At 69 years old that is a good chunk of his life spent enjoying his favorite hobby. When giving me advice he said, "Find your passion and pursue it." It was so nice to hear that from someone who did so himself.
Bruce has been married for 20 years and he shared with me a little known fact about himself: He loves opera! I would have never thought that to look at him, but he told me that his love of opera goes hand in hand with his love of birds. The same joy that comes from listening to opera is the same joy he gets out of hearing birds sing. Both are music and both are beautiful.
Unfortunately Bruce is not able to dedicate as much time to birding as I'm sure he would like, because he hasn't retired yet. Would you believe it if I told you he's a psychologist? Interesting huh? I so wish we had more time so I could ask him more details about his job but I had already spent so much time asking him so many questions.
Thanks so much, Bruce, for sharing some of your story with me. What a pleasure!