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Friday, August 23, 2013

Is your life a closed loop?



This video could have been taken any sunny day on this beach, any time during these last ten years of retirement. Hubby would drive to the parking area about 200 yards from this spot and wait for me to walk from our house and join him for a walk on the beach. Usually, after a few yards, he would park himself down as I walked the length of this beach, a half a mile to the mouth of the outflow of the lake, the direction I'm walking now, on easy terrain most of the way. He would then leave for home as I walked four miles the opposite direction, toward the lighthouse, then up to Paradise Point and another couple of miles on a paved road back home.

We did this routine for many years. Just the idea that we were so close to these walks buoyed us.

(I no longer walk the opposite direction toward Paradise Point. After a bad fall, my ankle and knees scream to go home soon after the short walk.)

He usually takes pictures of the waves, the marine life, the big panorama all around. On this day, he  pointed his phone camera my direction for a good length of time. Not at all his style.

How predictable we are.
How unpredictable we can be.

There is really a big tug of war in our lives: the need for comfort and routine versus the need for adventure and surprise.

I'm in need of adventure at the moment. Stay tuned.





12 comments:

mxtodis123 said...

I love the ocean. I am a very short distance from Coney Island, yet I haven't been there this year. I prefer to go when school begins and there is a slight chill in the air as the crowds of summer only stress me out.
Mary

Vagabonde said...

It must be so nice to be near the sea. We saw the sea when we went to San Francisco in June but we were mostly in town. I am wondering what type of adventure you are planning…

Brian Miller said...

ah i hope you find that adventure...i am in that tug of war all the time....going back and forth on what i need in the moment....

Tom Sightings said...

Nice teaser . . . I will definitely stay tuned.

Hilary said...

The beauty of that tug of war is that you can take any side whenever you like. I hope you find your adventure soon/ I suspect you have. :)

troutbirder said...

Adventure combined with exercise keeps us young. Though I'm beginning to question that adage this miserable summer having crashed and burn sever times in several ways. No spending my days mostly in the easy chair and going to therapy trying to get my mojo back...:)

Eva Gallant said...

The sea is so beautiful where you live!

Rhodesia said...

I love walks, but I have never been able to walk great distances. My husband now has peripheral neuropathy so is unable to walk very far at all. Thank goodness we both love cycling, and legs and feet seem to cope very well except for when we have really gone to far! Looking forward to seeing what you are up to, Take care Diane

the walking man said...

finding contentment in a circular path that one has traveled a million times is no mean feat. I crave my 21 year old back and legs again.

Amanda said...

If you are in need of adventure and surprise, then I've no doubt you will find it, my friend. Looking forward to reading about what you uncover...

yaya said...

Go for the adventure! I love walking, but my knee is making it difficult. My adventure might be getting it fixed!I'm reluctant to be on the other end of the operating table!

Velva said...

Life is always at its best when the need for adventure is still there-Looking forward to reading about your new adventure.