Leaving one town or country to go to another for a longer term entails both opportunities and risks, but a fresh challenge and the development of self that comes with the adventure can make all the difficulties worth the effort of making that change. I’ve made that change so often it has become a way of life, the life I love.
Taking time to do some self-reflection and personal investment I upgraded my teaching qualifications through courses in the UK and went along to some superb art exhibitions and concerts.
This post being personal commentary I won’t be spending any additional words discussing the recent elections in France, where the left-leaning party has managed to oust the war supporters in favour of banking reform. But didn’t Sarkozy look miserable during his final laying of the wreath at the VE Day commemoration? Nor will I write about the vote in Greece, where the anti-austerity party is attempting to force a coalition to denounce negotiations over the Euro that have left so many struggling to survive.
One day like some day is a vague postponement of action and a definite act of procrastination. It is an excuse for not engaging with the world and life. It separates the achiever from the loser, the go-getter from the do-nothing, those who smile in the sunshine from those who cry in the rain (unless of course you like the rain – where the daisy blooms!), those who engage with the world from those who sit in their garden and talk of things they’d do if only .. excuse after lazy excuse ..
In contrast to the photos I'm posting, the sun is shining here, baking the lush green earth into hues of brown and red, and the temperature is soaring as summer approaches with its promise of longer days, tan muscles and lightening hair. The flocks of tourists are returning with their pink bellies and lust for all things tonic and loud. But for me life for me has become real again, and real is liberating, therapeutic and invigorating. Time waits for no one and as someone with something to offer I wait no longer, I look to the sun to inspire my travels and allow the winds of change to direct me toward my next destination.
So do yourself a favour, catch the fire, seize the love, free the dove and watch your spirit fly to lofty heights on the wings of age, because that’s where real life exists. Don’t wait for others or expect politicians or celebrities to do it for you. Learn to respect yourself and others; work to complement this world with your dreams of hope and truth then genuine happiness and success will follow as surely as the sun rises.
These photos were taken in January while exploring the edge of the Carpathians and the Black Sea - time permitting over the next couple of weeks I’ll update this page with a few photos and thoughts on my recent activities abroad. Until then, drop in and say hello or tell me your own story ..and if you keep an eye on my other Blog I'll probably post a new poem or two over the next couple weeks ..