Wednesday, June 27, 2012

GRATITUDE - June 27, 2012


I traveled the world in the mid to late 1960's and 1970's and had multiple grand adventures.  The 80's  forward were kids, mortgages, jobs.  No regrets, great kids, nice homes and fantastic job experiences.  

Living on Greek Isle
Living in Jamaica
There was, however, a magical aspect to the lifestyle that sported long hair, motorcycles, world travel, living in Mexico, Jamaica, a little hut on a Greek island, traveling down the Nile, camel rides in the Egyptian desert, etc.

So, here I am about to pop (partially) out the other side, with the opportunity to experience an updated version of 'The Adventure Continued', part 2.

My 66 year old brother-n-law hiking  Zion
Up and away
After Cancer treatment, the magical hot-air balloon ride over Napa re-opened that door.  Last year, we did the helicopter flight and trek on the Glacier in Alaska. Kind of woke me up about possibilities. Hiking in Zion and Bryce National Parks is coming up this Saturday for a week that the retirement countdown has moved into the last few hours (15 hours, 15 minutes 15 seconds)...the grand adventure train is pulling into the station.  Looking at the itinerary, I see, clearly marked, highlighted in yellow, in 2013,  a two week trip to Italy - Florence (the best of the best) and eating ourselves silly from Milan to Sicily.
Late 70's Europe adventure

Perhaps a more mellow version this time around...fewer motorcycle rides and more magical adventures with a new rock band and getting published...perfecting the perfect minestrone, building a huge redwood greenhouse for year-round gardening and being there full-time for the last bird in the nest, until she & her cello fly off to Brown, Yale or Julliard (at 13, she has her goals set fairly high - which is a good thing) countdown:  1460 days - starting........NOW.

Life IS what you make it.  I  choose to make mine Another Day in Paradise.

rlw  (Now 14 hours 35 minutes 25 seconds to retirement)

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