So, it’s been a few weeks since last I posted. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, I’m afraid. September 11 always puts me in a deep, meditative inner soliloquy. I know I’m not alone in that response. For many Americans, it is a sentinel event in our lives. The anniversary and subsequent personal effects generally result in my taking a sharp turn in my life path. The year after 9/11, I climbed Kilimanjaro. A few years later, I ran a marathon. I’ve made major life changes, generally as a consequence of the meditative process that 9/11 precipitates. So, there’s that.
And I continue to have deep fears about the state of my beloved country. COVID continues its ruthless rampage. The leaders of our country are divided and bitter and seem absolutely unable to manage the country. And maybe it’s me—but my home state seems to always make the national news as a negative example. On a recent Frontline investigative documentary about the medical benefits of cannabis, the Alabama penal system was shown to be a racist and unjust system with huge numbers of individuals incarcerated for lengthy periods for cannabis use. And this at a time when many states have legalized its use. That investigative report was followed a few days later by the governor of our state allocating federal COVID-19 relief funds to build more prisons!
The other slump inducer recently was the Photoshop World Guru awards. Of the three final images in the Wildlife category, two of them were mine! How exciting! But, unfortunately I was not the winner. I’m afraid the lyrical refrain to Meatloaf’s song ran through my head, over and over again.
'Cause two out of three ain't bad Now don't be sad 'Cause two out of three ain't bad You'll never find your gold on a sandy beach You'll never drill for oil on a city street I know you're looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks But there ain't no Coup de Ville hiding at the bottom of a Cracker Jack box
But I’m a lucky person, I know that. Whenever I hit the slumps, I rebound pretty quickly. Because I know that I’m blessed, I know that my life is a good one.
And there is always a light at the end of a dark tunnel.
I’m leaving next week for the Canadian Rockies and I know how beautiful it is. And I’m going with good people whose company I will enjoy. I’m about to engage in a new adventure in a land of ice and snow and I KNOW that it will be a wonderful time.
AND (and this is the big news!) I’VE BOUGHT MY DREAM CAMPER VAN! It will be next spring before it is delivered but I pulled the trigger on something that I have been thinking about for several years.
HOORAY! LIFE IS SO GOOD!