Uniformity is what breeds familiarity in life. This can be comforting at times and even craved by most. But in some people, this can lead to boredom. Enter myself.
I am starting a new chapter in my life and want to share this chapter with you through my blog. I have had an awakening of sorts that has caused me to think about the time that each of us have here. I am turning 40 at the end of t his year and it has become more important to me that the rest of my years be spent absorbing every second of beauty that life has to offer, even if this means foregoing some of the comfort and stability in order to live life to the fullest. I used to think that happiness could be achieved with some methodical formula that included a white picket fence and a perfectly manicured lawn. Now I know that happiness can never be achieved, but only felt when the perfect combination of Ying and Yang are aligned. No this isn’t some New Age crap I am trying to spew down your throat. To me this happens when I witness perfection like those special nights when the sun sets and the most amazing colors of pink and orange are smeared across the sky, or when the heavens open up and shine the most magnificent blue sky into our day with the strength of the sunshine giving me the warm chills. Choosing to stop and absorb the beauty every time I am offered these special moments is how I want to spend the rest of my life.
Recently, I have been looking at life through the eyes of a camera lens. I have zoomed in and noticed special little moments between people that take place, that most often go unnoticed. For example, last Saturday, as I was driving to pick my daughter up from dance class, as Jewish temple was letting out from its service. I was particularly drawn into this tall older grandpa dressed in his best suit walk hand in hand with a tiny pretty little girl that couldn’t have been more than two years old, with long hair that curled at the ends. She was quietly walking with the old man and her hand reached up to hold his. This scene of the two of them walking down the street was an image I wished that I would have captured. It spoke mountains of the moments that should be embraced. This is the beauty that I can’t let myself ignore.
My passion is traveling. This is where I can learn about another culture and see life from a different perspective. Even if it is a daycation an hour away. A week ago, our family took an excursion to Hollywood, CA. This is about an hour north of us. We were celebrating our oldest turning 17, and decided to rent a room at the W Hotel pictures to follow. This was such an awesome experience and one that afforded me a much needed escape from the monotony of my daily grind. It also reminded me that I need more of these experiences in order to feel fully alive. I want my kids to experience a world full of travel and exploration to keep their minds open and every engaging.
Going forward, I will be documenting our family’s journey’s of small vacations that will lead to the mother of all vacations, a year long world tour of the plant. Our goal is to let go of the chains that bind us and create our own experiences. This may be a bit unconventional to some, but this is how we can ensure that we have no regrets. As the famous Mark Twain once wrote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”