This past week has been good, really good. Future plans were laid, I spent a day with someone that inspires me to live my life on my own terms, and had a good time in general. Life is good. It’s easy to overlook such things and take them for granted; lots of people do it all the time.
My week started in the company of my dear friend Kay; Kay is nearly eighty years old but you’d never know it based on her attitude towards life. I’ve only known her for less than a year but during that time I have watched, listened, and learned a lot from her. I don’t think it’s a fluke that she’s come into my life. Change is in the air for me and meeting someone like Kay only serves to precipitate that. Last Monday I had the pleasure of spending the day with this wonderful lady and, as you might imagine, talking about everything under the sun. During our conversation, she talked about how her life had changed when she was my age and how she had taken that opportunity to basically start anew and get out and explore life. Since that time she has gone back to school and completed a Master’s degree, taught in Vietnam, lived in Thailand, and traveled to lots of interesting places. At her age most people have fallen into a routine and have no interest in future goals. My friend is not that type of person. She continues to have a desire to explore and learn, and travel. How can you be around such a person and not feel compelled to go forward and aspire to everything that life has to offer? Thank you Ms. Kay for being who you are.
It’s hard for me to imagine continuing in the same way that I was prior to meeting my dear friend. You see things differently when you meet someone that’s done many of the things that you yourself want to do. None of this is new, It’s been on my mind for quite some time, but it wasn’t until now that I saw what needed to be done. There’s a lot to be done and there’s places and people to see and meet. I am ready; I’ve been ready. Making the decision to live life on your own terms can be the hardest decision that you’ll ever make, but in the end, you have to do it if you truly wish to live.