No recent blog entry lately due to energy depletion. Low on personal battery. Three days in Vancouver will do that to me now. I now find the city like an energy sponge and my home is like the charger. Been back a few days now and finally feeling like there is enough charge in the old smartphone to make a call. So, ‘hi, there’…
C and R came home with Sal while I went to the city. They are from Germany. They have been here before but they are amongst the most appreciative of guests. They love everything! Dog. Raven. Dolphins. Trees. Sally, of course. The meals. The seals. Boats going by. Sea planes. Garden. Even me. But especially Ben. C was Ben’s nanny when he was three. They have been close ever since. C & R came for the wedding and then stayed a few days up here. It is wonderful to have them. It seems like everything is new again. It’s a bit like having little kids – you see your own world through their eyes all over again.
But they are gone now, replaced by F & L – also wedding guests (from London, England) and, of course, they are the same. Boggled by the amount of space, the quiet, the work accomplished and the setting. BIG difference from London. Seriously, one of the best parts of having guests is seeing their eyes literally opened wide and watching them just stare at things. It is fun.
It is also interesting to listen to their thoughts. Almost always you can see the little wheels a-turning and them mentally placing themselves here and then thinking ‘no way’ and then thinking ‘maybe there is a way’ and so on.
“There is a way, guys. It’s easy. Just get rid of everything, quickly learn a few skills and close your eyes, grab your wallet and leap!”
“Yeah. Right. That is NOT gonna happen. Hmmm….what kind of skills………? Couldn’t we leap half way…say into a small town…kinda…?”
“Oh, I am only kidding. Honestly. It is hard to make the leap at the best of times and it gets harder every year after 50….give or take a year. By the time you are 55 it is almost too late. I know. I was 55 and we simply could not have done what we did had we waited one more year. There is a tide in the affairs of men, when taken at the flood………..”
“But, you know, we have been thinking recently that the rat race holds no more interest for us. It might be time….. We have been thinking of making a change….”
“I think it is part of life. Around 50 most people feel something is amiss or at least needs a bit of changing. Something needs changing, anyway. Some opt for red sportscars and secretaries. Some for golf and golfing instructors. They long for something they just can’t put their finger on and, even if they could, most often they are too busy running the race to really nail that feeling down. I know that space. I know that feeling. And my friends of a similar age have all described it as well. But the forest may not be the answer for everyone. Personally, I think it is but I am somewhat Dave-centric in my thinking.”
“We wouldn’t even know where to start….”
“Yeah. That’s the fun part.”