Truth be known, my best thinking occurs when I’m walking the dogs. I don’t know why that it, but it’s curious. There is something about putting one foot in front of the other, walking through familiar landscape, in and out of wooded areas, which relaxes me, and frees my mind to journey in various directions.
My wife and I have been talking about this major upheaval in our lives, happening in 2023, for a long time, and in the past it was like this mental exercise, just tossing out scenarios and what ifs, no real meat to it, you know? But now we are approaching October, which marks five months until we depart, and two months before we sell the home, so it is starting to get very real.
What follows, then, are some random thoughts regarding our very “turbulent” future and no, “turbulent” is not meant in a negative way.
FILLED WITH GRATITUDE
I am filled to the brim with gratitude for those people, nine and counting, who have committed money to us through our Patreon account. I am touched to the point of tears for their generosity. They truly are helping an old man to build his dream, and a middle-aged woman to realize hers. These people do not see me on a regular basis. They are not family. Four are friends I have met in person; the other five are basically strangers, and yet all nine have decided to spend their money to support us, and I really don’t have the words necessary to convey how I feel about that. A thank you seems hollow.
I am also so very grateful for the life I have been given. It is not lost on me how fortunate I am. I was raised by loving parents who sacrificed so that I could have the best education and not want for any necessities. I realize, and give thanks daily, that I was raised in a supportive, loving environment. There are, literally, billions of people who are not as lucky as I am. The fact that I can sell a house and just take off on an extended journey, well, that is something so many people can only dream about, and that dream is hollow and frustrating for them, knowing full-well that they will never be able to do what I do.
An odd thing is happening to me as I get older, and I wonder if it is true of everyone. I have reached the age where I am doubting my abilities and decisions, like I don’t trust my decision-making process any longer. I am filled with doubts I have never experienced, and it’s strange, working through it all, calming myself down, and learning to trust in myself again. It helps, of course, having a partner, someone I trust has my best interest in mind, someone I can bounce my thoughts off of, knowing that our two minds, combined, are every bit as good as our single minds when we were younger.
This growing old thing is an interesting transformation, to say the least.
That’s all I’ve got for you this week. Be well, be happy, and do all things with love.
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