In 2018 I turned 50. I experienced loss and much love and made a solid commitment to say ‘yes’. Now the charge is to follow through and become who I always have been and unapologetically do all the things to set the table for the grand feast which is: The Second Half, Part Deux, post intermission showing-stopping, color popping, hip-hopping ‘talk-to-me-baby’, don’t stopping moments rich with NOW. And guess who made me do it?
Not a prolific writer (and I love many). Not an endurance athlete extraordinaire (I know many). Not a half-famous, passion-stirring goose-bump making guest on an addictive podcast about yoga, meditation, the resilience of the human spirit or the nectar of human story. (I have a constant diet of tons).
It was her:
My youngest. We share a birthday and dreams of travel. She gave me the above journal along with a note I will cherish for all of my remaining days. In it she details her own desire to travel, adventure, be kind, compassionate and accepting WITH ME. I just love her heart. It is relevant to note the journal is a re-gift (Jane does not have a job and therefore $ to purchase gifts). She received it from her mother’s best friend a couple of years ago with a note encouraging her to travel and live life and…. and in a circle of trust and with great serendipity I am the receiver of that precious gift through my baby girl.
And may we all have such a gift. Permission. The gift of being okay right where we are so we can experience all that ‘is’. Near and far. For me it is through travel and writing and endurance sports and yoga and mediation and learning and spreading love and acceptance through my work.
Jane and I got an early start on finding honey close to home. Not far in miles, but worlds away, we spent a night at a ski resort. Together. We visualized Virginia as Versailles.
We didn’t even ski. But it was perfect. Fresh air and fresh croissants with brie (the wine is mine) does the mind good in a moment of buttery surrender to Now. We watched movies, had dinner with friends and bought handmade leather purses from a street artisan. Bliss. And no $ on air fare. That is to come. All in sweet time.
Welcome to now. Welcome to 2019.
Thank you joy and sorrow.
Thank you Jane and Thank you Journal.
Guide me. Heal me.
Take me away and drop me back right here, right Now.
Now, let’s have some fun! Salut!