Sometimes I feel like a bird myself, flying around, with a string tied to my foot. Everything seems fine for now, but who knows when someone will give that string a yank?
And suddenly, I will find myself on the ground, not feeling so good.
Maybe it's the age. Maybe it's hearing about someone I care about getting a difficult diagnosis.
But whatever the reason, it's a tough reality.
It seems to me that most people think that they will live FOREVER. So they plod from day to day, and put their dreams in a jar on the shelf. We'll do that later, someday, when we get old.
Hell, folks, I am old. Someday could be here, and now.
I remember my cousin, Billy, who was more like a brother to me than anything. Born one day apart, we were close for our whole lives. Then at age 57, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Two horrible, painful years later, he was gone.
One day he was driving down the road, his whole life ahead of him. The next day, a few words from his doctor, and everything changed.
The string around the foot thing.
I don't have any complaints about my life, but every now and then, I wonder......is there more? Most of all, am I missing something? If I changed directions even a quarter of a turn, would I see it?
So I have a question for you..........if tomorrow, you got the news, that you didn't have all the time you THINK you have, that in fact, you better get your affairs in order, what would be the ONE thing that you would regret NOT doing???? The one thing you have put off, and put off, and never got to.............that you wish you had. What is it?
The good news......Bubbalee is not pregnant. I was worried that she might be, and give birth in this frigid cold. But no, today she proved that she is not. Unfortunately, she also proved that she wants to be. She had Bunnynose following her all around the yard. I have to say, sadly, that she is quite the floozy.
Put some shade on it, girl.
More good news............. if I can't catch her in the next 65 days, she will give birth the last week of March, which is a whole lot nicer than it is now.
My little Jinx has found a new place to sharpen her little claws. Thank goodness "L" caught her at it, or our 750 yard warp might have been seriously affected.
The paper that is taped across the back of the loom should prevent her from having that option.
More totes, more weaving, more sewing.
But what about that quarter turn?
I know, I know, I KNOW! Not enough hours in the day, not enough years in a life. And here I need to go pull snow off the roof instead of weaving....
I can honestly say that I haven't put off trying to do anything that I wanted to do. What really scares me is that I would find out my time was coming and I haven't yet found the person they say is out there for everyone. The one that loves you for who you are and wants you to be YOU.
Oh, sweetie, we all have a string tied to our foot. The trick seems to be to learn to ignore it. Hold your family close. Do what you love to do every day. And fly high. Damn the string: full speed ahead.
Pam (retired teacher, age 65)
Oh, there are so many things... I'de like to see some of the world... more of these Unites States... Travel Route 66 from East Coast to West Coast in a vintage camper with turquoise appliances from the 60's - ( as long as they actually work)....
Hi Hilary,I would regret not finishing a college education. It was my decision to raise a family and put it on the back burner but now that the youngest is almost finished with high school, it is apparent why I shouldn't have! Very good question, I am sorry to hear that somebody close to you had news like that.
After all my reading and wishing and reading some more and wishing more, I finally bit the bullet and bought my first official loom. It's a Kromski Rigid Heddle Table loom. It seemed after all the studying and comparing I did that this would be the best loom for starting. I am excited! That was my quarter turn. Now I can practice and practice and soon wear big girl pants like you! Sorry, I couldn't resist!
So far I have no regrets. I do pretty much what I want to. I stop and visit with those who I want to, and I am happy.
I was encouraged by a customer today to do just what I am doing...she's a tad older and a lot wiser...so I am taking her advice.
"Put some shade on it, girl."
You had me in tears at that point. Well done. :)
As for the question about what one would regret not doing should they receive the "news"...
Personally, I'd regret not starting to write some letters.
Keep it between the navigational buoys!
Think of that string as the string that allows you to fly high instead of crashing on the ground - like the string on a kite. I've been lurking here for several months and it seems like you are living your dream, with your looms and studio. I also understand from some of your posts your views on religion. Yet I am reminded of the words of Augustine of Hippo: You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
My only regret? Not saying "I love you" enough. To family & friends alike. I've tried to learn to be comfortable with it, and I'm better than I was, but still not good enough.
Thank you for posts like this. And sorry for the bad news to your loved one. Go tell him you love him (or her).
Been there done that on getting the life changing news. And made changes. So far I am hanging in there.
Regrets? Well, I am fixing that on Feb 23, when hubby and I hop in the motorhome and roam around for 7 weeks, without a care in the world.
(unless the scopings on Tuesday lead to more surgeries)
But I am gonna love my kids and grandkids as much as I can while I am still here!
Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard
If kitty had shredded your warp I would have cried for you.
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