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Challenges

Life Changes

A storm approaching, but not all is dark

These are strange times. Life has been turned upside side down and it may never go back to what it was. It is not only the obvious changes, but the more profound ones we have yet to see. Those are the ones that will affect us for years to come. The ones, that if we are lucky, will change our lives and make it better. We must pay attention!!!

These are the ones I see coming. Not trying to place them in any order or pretend that I know better than anyone. These are only my observations, the way I see things from the relative safety of my high-rise apartment overlooking Biscayne Bay.

Once all this craziness fades and you can all be sure that it will, what will be left? So here are my observations, take them as you will. Still do not be in haste to discard them, to ignore them or to simple put them aside.

First, the fact that we are looking into a life-changing event will affect us like it or not. There is no ignoring the obvious, but also there is no need to panic and rush to dangerous decisions. Let’s keep our collective head and breathe before we act. This change will serve us well in every aspect of life from now on.

Second, Nature needs a chance to heal itself. We have not given her this chance and we are now paying for it. Just look around you, pay attention. Have you ever noticed that when a field is abandoned for a while, it becomes even better? Or a garden that is left to itself it regenerates and bursts into life? In my little island when I open the windows, I can hear birds singing again. Absolutely glorious!

Third, with enforced quarantine or a two week stay-at-home period, most of us will discovered that home is the safest place for us. We are going back to appreciating the joys of family time, of reading a book without rushing, sharing meals and having conversations at the table. We have time for today and that is a change we needed.

Fourth, as we look into ourselves and our family and home, we may discover that the time we have spent following Social Media is wasted time. Influencers, athletes, actors, politicians and other so called celebrities have nothing to offer us that we cannot think up by ourselves.

Fifth, we might realize that we are part of a whole and not the most important part. For longer than we can remember, humans have tried to control everything, now everything is making us stop and think. Hopefully this will make us go back to basics, to what is really important. This is our wake up call, let’s listen!!

Some will say I am more fortunate than most and that is true. Others will point out that pontificating from my point of view have little value. Still others will let me know that observations are not exact science. They will all be right, but if all of us keep how we feel to ourselves…..what then? It is in the exchange of ideas that we can find the solution and it is in finding common ground that we will survive. I am so sure of that!!

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Living

Traveling….

Be open to the world and all it can bring to your life. Nourish the desire to see other places and be willing to learn from what you see and experience. Traveling doesn’t have to be a luxury, a dream. Few of us are lucky enough to visit every place we ever wanted to see. Consequently, most of us wander as far as we can and enjoy what we find there.

A good start is get to know your city. In today’s world you can find so many different influences in a small place. Explore, taste, visit the different neighborhoods. There are museums and restaurants and parks to visit. Take a guided tour, see it with the eyes of a visitor. Learn how others see it and fall in love with it once more.

Travel as far as you can go and make memories. That is why one of my favorite places to visit is where my family lives. Wherever that may be at this moment in time. It was not always like that, but it is now. Where else can I feel so relaxed and complete? I now look at these trips as an important part of my well-being.

Nowadays, when I can travel father, I consider myself lucky. I choose my destination not because everyone goes or is the place to go this year or everyone I know has gone, I choose it because I truly want to see what it is like. I want to experience the place, not add another check to my travel list. Traveling is so much more than that.

So we go to celebrate important dates in our loved ones lives, we plan family trips and the least of our concerns is where we are going, but who we are going with. Always choosing a place where we can spend time playing, talking, having long sit-down meals and walking at sunset. Traveling has become a time to share, to spend lazy days without rushing. It’s not longer a time to go see, rush to the next destination and take photos to post on social media. I enjoy traveling now, more than ever!!!