As Einstein said – “There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
I choose the second option.
On this day four years ago, before I had met and reconnected with my Late Love, the Architect, I wrote this post, Waltzing Matilda.
Of course, I had no idea how my life would change in such a short time.
Soon after writing that I decided to make some major changes to my life. I decided to go to Italy for a few months and I put the house on the market and it sold very quickly. Meantime I met up with my Late Love again and what had been a friendship quickly turned into a love affair. But having made the decision to go away for three months (at least) I journeyed to Florence and blogged every day letting my friends and relatives know what I was doing.
A 5-week long visit from my sister in the UK had us showing her around Godzone – or Aotearoa (New Zealand). A great time for us all and my sister and the Architect bonded as I had hoped and they became great friends.
Then 13 weeks in Europe catching up with friends and revisiting places we had been before but with our spouses. And then
Unfortunately, unknown and unbidden, a tumour was growing in the Architect’s brain and suddenly it took over and won the battle, so ending the life of my Late Love.
And still, “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world,
which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime
and falling into at night.
I miss you like hell.”
Edna Vincent Millay, 1892-1950
So yet another a new chapter started in my life. Early in 2016, I had a serious accident (I refer to it as another adventure) which necessitated a stay in rehab where I saw so many others so much worse off than me. Then fully recovered, one day there was a contretemps between a chair leg and a rug – the result was the chair fell with me sitting on it and so a fractured shoulder.
As we know everything passes and once again I’m back to my normal self. But the question now arises, what to do with the rest of my life.
I’ve begun to write again and once again have decided to write my blog posts if not daily then more often than I have recently. I have begun to volunteer at the hospice where my Late Love died and again, I know I get more from this than they do. Oh and as I have been reading and reviewing so many books recently, I started a new blog Books&morebooks. Maybe one or more of the reviewed books might appeal to you.
Sorry that this post has been all about me. This January is confirmed as having been the worst in 30 years. Rain, wind and very little sunshine. But yesterday we had summer. It was just as summer ought to be. Warm, sunny and no wind. But alas, this morning it has reverted to what we have come to expect this summer, wind and overcast and now at midday the rain has started. The standard roses are taking yet another battering and some of the pots have blown over. Summer, sorry not here.
And of course, no post is complete without a Mary Oliver quote
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
These beautiful words, from Mary Oliver’s poem, The Summer Day, remind and inspire me. They remind me that, first and foremost, my life is entirely what I make of it and as I have only one life, I mean to make the most of it.