I’ve missed you. Today I reconnect and say hello to whomever may be listening. My voice has been quiet, muffled by the events of life. Writing is a practice and when life presents twists and turns, the time and space to write becomes harder to locate. But now, I’m sitting beside Lake Tahoe – facing west! – making up for three years of facing east, missing the daily sunset from my perch in Vancouver. I’m adjusting to life in the U.S. after living out of the country – first Singapore, then Canada – for nearly seven years. This, I’m only now realizing, requires more adjustment, thought and reflection than I expected. I was a different person when I left and I’m a different person upon return. And in some ways I barely recognize my own country in turmoil.
But life moves forward and change is invigorating. Choice is invigorating. Do I choose to live passively and be guided by what most people would think or do? Or do I choose to live actively, with a dash of discomfort, leaping into the realm of the unknown while knowing absolutely that this is where life’s greatest rewards are found?
2018 was an unexpectedly rewarding year: Tulum, Paris, Nuremberg, and cabin life at Lake Tahoe, none of which were planned more than a couple weeks in advance. We (hubby and I) look for opportunity at every turn in the road. We seek to enjoy life – in the moment, every day, now. We don’t wait for enough time or enough money or enough anything. We choose now because the world is changing. The thing you most want to see or do in life may not exist some time from now. Simple moments – standing freely under the Eiffel Tour as we did 10 years ago – have already been stolen away, gone to a new era of barriers and fear.
I wish you specific happiness in 2019. I hope you see or do the one thing in life that you’ve always wanted to, before it’s too late. Be fearless. Walk a path, take a flight, open a door, lend a hand, experience the world, near or far. I’ll do the same. I’ll get back to sharing my world and my travels if you’d like to come along. I’ve craved it. I’ve missed it. I’ve missed all of you who savor the thoughts and images that only a magical world can provoke and produce.
Let’s believe in the magic and go forward with gratitude. With an active mind and an open heart, beauty and opportunity are everywhere. Happy New Year.