I looked up today and realized—January is gone. I thought that 2008 really zipped by, but 2009 seems to be going at warp speed. I realized last night just how long it had been since I connected with many of my friends from all over the globe. It made me a little sad, and also made me start to think of ways to better keep in touch.
My life has been crazy since moving to Texas, but crazy in a good way. I actually think that I am developing a new life that is fun, crazy, a little goofy and a bit of a roller coaster at times. A new friend claims that I have finally found myself, I just am in the process of refining and redefining the life that I want to lead. That’s a pretty big challenge, and in part may have something to do for nearly dropping off of the grid.
What have I been up to?
- Working a crazy schedule that has me working more afternoon shifts than I would like. Those hours seem to mess up my sleep and eating patterns. Next week I work 12-8:30 pm and the following 3 weeks I work 10 am to 7 pm. But I have a good job, and in these economic times all appears to be very secure that I will keep the job.
- When I can squeeze it in I started taking a karate class. I never pictured myself learning karate, but when I have been able to make it to class I have enjoyed it. I plan to continue, and have asked for at least Monday nights to attend class.
- I’ve continued my charity projects–a bit limited compared to the past. I have Valentine’s Day cards I am working on for Hospice patients, and I’ve started knitting for the Dulaan Project.
- I experienced my first ice storm in Texas this week and am still laughing at the way everyone freaked out over a little ice. On the plus side temperatures will be in the 70’s for the weekend. :o)
- I’ve battled a few personal demons, and started poking around inside of my head and dealing with some ghosts from the past. That’s never an easy thing to do, and can be a bit unnerving to look at one’s self in that light. Knitting time has become pondering time as I reflect on things that seem to be nudging me to pay attention.
My life continues to be an interesting journey. You might think that after 50+ years I would have life figured out–I realize that I’m really just beginning to understand and figure some things out. I don’t see that as a bad thing, I also don’t plan on spending the next 50 years trying to find myself. In the words of that immortal sailor Popeye, “I am what I am.”
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller
Everybody eventually becomes who they are.
If you wait for tomorrow to follow your dreams, by the time that you get there they’re gone. – Willie Nelson
Life is a journey, not a destination. – Ralph Waldo Emerson