Friday, May 16, 2014

Hello there!!!

I have been away a long time, but I have found my stride: a new blog with a positive attitude and message!!!

Please, the ones of you who have read this blog, whot have followed it and wondered where I went, come and will love it!!

I am having an amazing time and I would love to hear from all of you. Thank you again for keeping up with me and encouraging me, I so appreciate it. You have given me a reason to continue blogging!!

See you soon......

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Year.....New Blog?

Happy New Year to all. It's been a rough January, full of excitement and resolutions. Nothing new there, right? Well, just one thing. I come to this blog so seldom lately that I need to be reminded of it. Not a good thing. Besides, the Internet seems to be full of people wanting to tell us about their ideas and their lives. There is so much to tell, that reading what other people write is not interesting anymore. We put our thoughts out there..... but people are not pausing long enough to read anything.

With this in mind...and with the sad reality that I have been doing this for years and still forget it sometimes....that there is less and less to write about that doesn't make me nostalgic or sad, because I am looking back or in the wrong direction!!!....I am absolutely changing the tone of my posts, moving on, even changing names, blogs, whatever. So necessary. In my last post, four months ago, I said that we needed to go out and get what we wanted and do what we love, why not?. Enjoy every minute of the years that we have left (we, of course, meaning those of us of advancing years!!!). Remember, we do not have 50 or 60 years ahead of us....with that in mind, I have decided I am doing just that.

No more ramblings about the dreariness of life, the trips to visit Mother, the nostalgic posts about places I lived in, visited or miss. Nothing whatsoever about about the weather and the packing and moving, the family, the friends that have left or passed away, much less the plans for this or that. From now on, it will be the what I'm doing that I always wanted to, the places I finally visited and the things I finally did. Sounds wonderful, don't you think?

It's a new era, a new dawn.....nothing dramatic or earthshaking...just life changing!!!

Thank you for following my posts on this blog, for your comments and your encouragement. Thank you for being there, part of my life and my memories. I will keep you posted on the changes. I now want you to follow my new journey and I intent to make it fun!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Why not?

Yes, here I am again...always say I come back when there is something going on in my life. So much.....really....even if it's nothing new. At the same time, it is when one is busy that it is possible to do other things. Haven't you heard that?

So here we go. Most women my age have retired or their husbands have, they have no children at least not the ones that require care....they know themselves well, they know what they like and what they want. What they need is the will to do just that....and why not?

Just a couple of days ago, a friend sent me one of those messages with photos and uplifting words and music to go with the whole thing. I am weary of those things. More times than not, they want you to forward these messages. Really...I rarely do, what is the point? There is enough out there to clog the internet...let's be real. This one was different in one important way: it made sense to me!

It's time to consider the rest of our said. We have been daughters, wives, mothers, friends, lovers, caregivers. We have done everything required of us and more. We have put our dreams and our goals on hold for family and friends, husbands and lovers, aging parents and demanding children. What have we got in return? Well, some would say we have the satisfaction of having done our duty. Or we would feel at peace with ourselves. 

All that is good and personally rewarding, but don't you feel sometimes we deserve better? don't you feel we have the right to expect some palpable recognition? I do! I more than deserve and want.....
Sorry, but we are human and there is nothing wrong with that. I am not going to get it from others, I will make my own reward. So here it is...

From now on, be realistic. Accept that you have more years behind you that you have in front of you. Unless there is a medical development I do not know of, we are not going to live another 50 or 60 years! Then, we have to put our foot down...we will live the rest of our lives as we want. It will be marvelous! Do what you always wanted to do...why not?

Go places you wanted to visit, even if it is the museum in the next farther if it is possible. Remember when you wanted to take a cruise or walk at night along the Seine, or spend time in a Tuscan town, an English village or a Caribbean beach? Well, do it! why not?

Were you interested in painting, photography or pottery making? Do you think you want to explore your artistic side? Go for it! There are classes and groups and clubs that encourage all those things, right there in your city or town. I have a friend in Maryland who just had her first photography exhibition in Annapolis. So you see....why not?

Do you keep journals? why not publish your memoirs? We all have something to say, share  your experiences.  Do you think you can tell a story? or have you been told you are a storyteller? why not put that in writing? It is so easy nowadays to get your work on the internet. I wrote a book and started a blog at an age when others are thinking of retiring. So, why not?

Have you been called the life of the party? do your friends laugh out loud at your witty comments? Start a blog, share your wit and your humor. Remember, laughter is the best medicine and is side-effect free! Gather your thoughts and start writing! People love to be entertained. So, why not?

Do you love to cook or have a knack for organizing events? are your parties always well attended because nobody wants to miss them? Do your friends ask you for advise when buying clothes? Do you get compliments about your garden or your home? Then consider doing this....a hobby that can bring an income! Besides, if you love it, you'll be great at it. So, why not?

Now, whatever you decide to do, do with flair, with passion. These are the best years of your life because the only person you have to please now is you! Go out and get the most out of the rest of your life!!! WHY NOT?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

What if?....

Once in a while, now and again...I tend to let my mind wander into: what if. Absolutely not the thing to do, if possible or not to dwell on it if one does.... Unfortunately we all do this. I am doing it now...

Life has become hectic, for no apparent reason. Too much on my plate is no excuse, since I am usually busy. New worries? not really...old concerns? of course, but nothing major. Still I keep point to what if?

What if I pick up my writing again? what if I could travel to places I really want to go? what if going to see my mother was not a pressing issue? what if my daughter live closer? what if I start a business? what if I just not let my mind jump all over the place?!

When I lived in Curacao, what if was not an option most of the time since there was so much to attend too. Even when the children had left and we were empty nesters. Don't get me wrong...I did it then too, but somehow it was not as prevailing and not as urgent and not as annoying.

Truly, what if has to be the most annoying thought one can have. Let's try not to dwell on it......Let's write, travel, realize visiting my mother is a duty I cannot avoid, my daughter is not moving here just to please me and my mind is really working overtime. Now, starting a business....that has a nice ring to it!