We just returned from Wimberley, Texas, one of my favorite places in the world. We go there whenever there is a need to replenish ourselves, and this was definitely one of those times. I took with me a series of journals left behind by my late mother-in-law, and I spent time learning more about her hopes, dreams, and regrets. At the time of her death, she had “get ears pierced” on her to-do list, so at nearly 79 she was still engaged in life!
One of the things I have learned about my own willingness to engage in life is that I sometimes need time away from civilization. For four nights we enjoyed soft breezes, bright stars, and a level of quiet that does not exist in the city–ever. In the hammock, the hot tub, or on the sofa, as my mind quieted I was greeted with much new inspiration. Part of that is to re-start this blog and to reach out into the realms of new media to connect with people. I am excited about the friends to be made and new opportunities to grow and change. At 50, I’m ready for this semi-old dog to learn some new tricks. I hope that when I am gone, my to-do list is as interesting as what my mother-in-law, Jenny, left behind.