As you may know if you read my Turkey postings, I had a profound experience there. Words are inadequate to describe what and how I felt. The amazing feeling, perhaps a spiritual awakening, was a complete surprise. As a trip to Turkey was never in my radar, I wondered what else there is in life that is just as amazing. As I remembered my “101 Things to Do Before I Die” list which I started about seven years ago, I realized that I have scratched off more “to do’s” this year than ever before. Besides the high of my Turkey experience, the fact that death has been on my mind is pushing me to check off more items from my bucket list. Since about a year ago this month, two colleagues at work were diagnosed with cancer. One woman had a double mastectomy and is still going through chemo, and the other colleague is…in VERY bad shape indeed. Then when I was in D.C. just two weeks ago, my childhood friend that I was staying with had to visit her 27 year old colleague every day to check up on him. He has Stage 4 glioblastoma and has already lost sight in one eye. I’m very familiar with this kind of cancer as my manager at work from a few years ago died of this within 6 months of diagnosis. I remember his funeral very clearly in my mind. It was my second funeral that I’ve attended in my whole life; the first was my own dad’s.
Now, I’m not writing this to depress you. Instead, I’m writing this to encourage you to do all that you want to do…as, for sure, time is very limited indeed. And remember that everything is temporary. When you are experiencing pain or hard times, it will pass as there are more joyous times ahead. When you are experiencing happiness and ecstasy, just enjoy EVERYTHING about that moment as it, too, will pass.
I am happy to write that I will be checking off another goal from my bucket list in a couple of weeks as this morning I bought tickets to Barcelona! I had to go somewhere since my trip to Petra was cancelled, or postponed, I should say. As this will be my last trip for this year, I will certainly savor every single moment while I’m there.
As I close this post, I will leave the words from the Latin poem by Horace:
“Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero”…which translates to:
“Seize the Day, trusting as little as possible in the future.”
I picked this up yesterday
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