Looking in Both Directions
It is the last day of 2021 and once again I am baffled as to the rapid passage of time. This year I felt like a passenger in a fast moving car barely admiring the scenery as it flew by my window. As a child my wise father counseled me not to wish away time. "It will pass quickly enough." I did not understand it then but I do now and I appreciate my father for never sugar-coating the profound truth's of life.
He was right, of course, for now, even being retired my days pass way too quickly. There are never ending decisions to make on a daily basis and perhaps my biggest one was not to leave the northeast for my house in Florida. You know, it's the people in your life and the memories you make with them that keep you sane and feeling rich and fulfilled. It's laughter and good food and joys shared with our loved ones that makes life worth living.
I was lucky this year to reconnect with some family members while have lost ties with others. Relationships are the most important part of my life yet they are truly two-sided and the responsibility of both parties. As for the good ones; cherish them. I believe I really learned that this year, especially this year when feeling "normal" yet still isolating existed hand-in-hand.
Take no one for granted in life. Stay in the moment - a lesson brought home to me when I spend time with my two lovely granddaughters; Laugh a lot and love fiercely. Tell those you love that you do love them and be there in the tough times too.
May 2022 be kinder, happier and safer for each of us. Blessings to all.