Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alive and Well...

The other day I realized that I'm getting old.  How did I come to that recognition, you might wonder. Well, aside from a few more gray hairs in the mirror, a few more lines on my face seen in photographs, a few more snaps, crackles and pops in the morning, there is the realization that I spend a lot of time 'remembering.'

Many of my sentences begin with "I remember when....".  That's not a bad thing, really. I'm glad that I still have wits enough left to remember anything at all!  But, I think maybe I remember more than I do to make remembrances to look back on in the future.  And yes, I fully intend to have a future!

I am alive. I am well. I am fully capable of getting around, albeit slower than I did once and with a bit of ache here and there. The light bulb went on and I saw that retirement is a wonderful thing, but that it doesn't mean always sitting down and doing quiet activities such as reading, computing and handwork.  It doesn't mean that we need to sit in our comfy rockers on the front porch, talking and watching the clouds go by until it's too dark to see.  There are days when we can enjoy doing nothing more than those things, but hey! We're alive....and well. It's time to live it up!

We've been in SC for nearly five years. We have always loved to 'explore' new areas, to discover what others may ignore or take for granted. Why are we not doing that here?  We go where we need to, and know those routes well. But there is so much out there that we've yet to find!  It's time to unwrap the unknown and live while we may.

I've decided to let my husband know that we need to stop 'wasting time.'  We're all living with a time clock, and it's ticking.  We're going to be dead too soon....and will be dead for a long time. Today's the day to use our explore, to discover, to be a friend to someone new, to help someone in need. Today is the day to beging living!


  1. I agree-no one knows how many days they have! Live each day to the fullest and enjoy everything - it's the only way!

  2. Kathleen, this is a fantastic post! One which every "olden" person should read. Keep it and re-read it, when necessary.

    Yes, yes, yes... Please get out there and explore SC and share it with us. Pictures too please. I know you prefer words, and words are wonderful and there's a place of just-word-blogs. But... For your exploring, please take a camera along.

    It need not be a fancy camera. I don't have a fancy camera, but I do have fun with the one I have. :-)

    Again, thank you for this post. I'm the one who needs it, around here. My husband's days are always, always, always full. He loves his woodworking and old truck fixing up, and now, his flower garden. He always has projects waiting for him to get to. Which is wonderful.

    I'm the one who sits too much. -sigh- I got out in the yard and got moving... And then the rains have come and I'm stuck inside again. -pout-

    But that's no excuse! I know it! And I hope that your push, will wake me up. :-)

    Gentle hugs,

  3. Dear One, thank you for suggesting that I write/illustrate a children's book about life in "Dragonfly Cottage in Firefly Hollow." It is a sweet idea but I don't feel qualified to do it.

    I can ramble on in dreaming, in my blog sometimes. But to set myself to writing a book... Mmmmm, don't think so.

    And my illustration ability is limited too.

    But thank you for the sweet idea.

    Gentle hugs,

  4. I'd love to see and hear all about your explorations! Yes, do it now before you can't, like me. Altho, I always have projects lined up like your hubby--mine are inside my four walls. Life is just too glorious not to dive in when you can! :)