This month, PAT is here to share her thoughts on the subject: LIFE IS A JOURNEY...
We had a long-standing tradition on Valentine's Day in my house. This holiday was one on which the guys in the family would show their love to the females in the family...period. Wendy and I received and Chase and Bill gifted. They showed their love on Valentine's Day with cards and flowers, stuffed animals and dinner out, etc.
My son Chase has his own family now and is living in Florida. He has his work cut out for him with a wife and two daughters and their own traditions. For Wendy and myself? My husband passed away last year. So, what is Valentine's Day going to be for us now?
That's easy! Wendy and I need to make a new tradition. Which is okay. Life is about peeling off the old layers and discovering the new ones, accepting changes and overcoming challenges. It's okay to remember the past, but not to live in it.
Life is a journey, and that journey does not consist of "moving sidewalks or walkways" that we can stand still on, resting on our past experiences as it takes us to our destination. You do know what the destination is, don't you?
As long as you are alive, there will be new experiences, opportunities to travel, people to meet, knowledge to learn, sights to see, music to dance to, hurdles to jump, goals to reach, losses to survive, and new traditions to create. Keep living, keep changing. You didn't come this far only to come this far!
So while you journey, accept change and take the different branches on your path. As for Wendy and me, we're getting take-out Chinese and eating Moosetracks ice cream for dessert. Oh, did I mention the bubble wrap? I bought enough bubble wrap from the Container Store to cover the living room floor. We're also going to crank up the music, fill our wine glasses and dance on the bubble wrap until all those little air bubbles are depleted (or we fall down in hysterical laughter) - whichever comes first.
However you choose to divert from your usual path, I hope you have fun, learn, grow, love, create and keep living life to the fullest. After all, time is everything we have and don't.
See you on the Path!
When I was a young adult, I heard the expression, "When you stop growing, you die." It is something that has always stuck with me. Of course, it isn't necessarily meant to be taken literally. The gist of it coincides with the important point that Pat brings up: regardless of how difficult life is or the numerous challenges you face, you must keep living, changing and adapting. Pat sums up the idea perfectly when she says: "You didn't come this far only to come this far". We don't travel life in a straight single pathway. There are going to be numerous detours and dead ends along the way. The important point to remember is that we have to keep going, back tracking and trying new routes if necessary. Keep moving, keep growing! Keep living your life to the fullest!