There are so many things for me to be thankful for in 2019, that separating the material from the non materialistic things is proving a little challenging. Such a great outcome of this little story that I plan on adding this task to my yearly bucket list. So please feel free to read on.
Reflecting on growing up in a two parent household with a stay at home mom; hardworking and energetic parents – tops my list. It’s because of them and the great choices I made along the way that I believe I am now living a comfortable and happy life in retirement. In 2018, losing my mother as the oldest sibling was a truly heart wrenching and very emotional experience.
Choosing to walk long distances tends to heal all with time and so also tops my list as giving me a reason for my being.
This year I walked the Caamino Francés and a new Camino in Costa Rica. Yes, by walking I am referring to completing a trail or a camino all at once from its designated start to designated finish. The lessons that this walking experience teaches are priceless and life changing. First the experience works on your body, and then on your mind and finally on your soul. Once you return to civilization you will yearn for more. My soulmate and I plan on a 2020 Camino Portuguese. Plenty more to follow.
Finding and marrying a soulmate after a third attempt also tops my list. Apparently this experience doesn’t happen to just everyone so, when it does it should be celebrated at every opportunity. The working world does have a way of attempting to extinguish the flame but, when both people realize that what they have is rare and not evenly handed out then; the only regret should be the allotted time left together will never be quite as long enough.
Having grandchildren in life is truly a rewarding experience. Just go in knowing full well that you will get sucked in and then spit out at the other end before you know it.
Once again I believe that making wise choices may have given me a healthy mind and body. Having your health in your later years is “everything.” Fortunately for some it’s never too late to get started.
And yes my dear it’s not always a bad thing to stir the pot once in a while so long as positive results come out of it. Sort of like a second awakening, a coming through a Baja bash unscathed and with a new perspective on life and experiences that you could never in your wildest dreams have thought possible.
And now what better words to convey the essence of a life well lived than by reading the lyrics of “TIME” by Pink Floyd.
“You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.
Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.“
So that my friends is my short list as we near the close of 2019, the day after Thanksgiving. Truly one day of the year that we should all take the time to reflect on the other important little things in life. The non material things.
Have a happy and prosperous 2019/2020.
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