Hmmmmm......curious about what is on the other side?
My blogging has been sporadic. Mr. Delightful and I are going through some BIG transitions. We're making decisions that we weren't prepared to make so soon.
We're not alone. Mother Nature inflicts pain and devastation on our planet with increasing frequency. Just look at the recent super storm Sandy and all the lives that were affected. Everyone is affected by change and unexpected challenges.
Life happens in spite of well laid out plans.......we can never be fully prepared for everything that comes at us. The nature of life itself is transitional.
Sometimes we are faced with challenges that we never think we'll get through but we do. Human beings are resilient. Thank god there are compassionate people who possess true empathy and reach out to those who are affected by the storms of life.
It helps to have someone who walks beside you and supports you every step of the way.
I'm always a bit leary about how much to share in blog land. Throwing caution to the wind, I'm making the decision to be transparent. I thank god I found out about a life threatening condition that was silently affecting my heart. It's a somewhat rare genetic heart condition called Left Ventricle Noncompaction Cardiomyopathy (LVNC) Thanks to a doctor who truly listened and ordered a sleep study, the results revealed I also have sleep apnea. The sleep apnea affected my heart and also affected my cognitive ability as well as other areas of my life.
My lesson from all of this? Listen to your body, be your own advocate. Just because someone has M.D. behind their name doesn't mean they have all YOUR answers. Doctors are human and they don't always arrive at a correct diagnosis. Be persistent and never stop asking questions and delving deeper when it comes to your body and how you feel. To thine own self be true.
When I don't listen to the subtle whispers that indicate changes need to be made, life will do it for me. This time it came in the form of a health crisis. It sure got my attention!
Life has a way of moving me in new directions when I'm unable to take the leap because fear stands in my way.
Looking back, I can see that the universe was preparing a new path. Because I didn't listen......life began to scream! The changes are leading me away from the corporate world......and into living a more creative life......
I've lived my life sitting in the back of the class, going to work each day earning a paycheck but never really stepping into the fullness of who I am.
I'm walking across the bridge.......and stepping into the unknown.....
The good news. I have excellent medical care, my life is moving in a new positive direction and I have the love and support of my dear husband, family, and a few truly authentic friends.
I'm retiring to pursue the things in life that make my heart sing!!!
Stay tuned.... when I'm feeling better, I'll be blogging more and sharing photos, projects, and random thoughts about life.
It's not easy retiring from the security of a full-time job and a bi-weekly paycheck. My retirement date is December 31, 2012.
It's interesting that my retirement meeting to sign all the paperwork is on my birthday, December 7th. Could this be that life is handing me a gift? I don't receive a pension and I'm too young for social security but I'll be locking in to my health care benefits.
Because of the way I'm built.....it wouldn't be possible for me to retire and not have a plan to fill my days. I'll be attending Central Michigan University online and attending local extension campuses to fullfill a long held goal.....finish my bachelor degree. Never one to let age or a number define me.......it's both exciting and scary to forge ahead but the alternative of living a safe life made me feel like I was dying inside.
Keep reinventing yourself....Explore life with curiosity and be prepared to be amazed. Life is full of interesting twists and turns and we're never quite sure how each storyline will end or where the plot of life will take us.
I've experienced plenty of sour lemons in my life. The best tasting lemonade happens when I hang in there to see how each story unfolds and my perception is adjusted to see things more clearly....
I'm just getting started and hitting my stride........
I've always been an advocate for the underdog.....those who are marginalized by society....the lost souls....mental health issues......eldercare....advocating for children.........heathcare disparities, humane treatment for animals and people, living a peace filled life and giving a voice to those who have no one to fight for them. These are the issues that I support. My hope and desire are to find a way to be more active in helping to empower those who feel powerless.
Thank you to everyone who still reads my little "ole" blog!!! Come join me as I explore what lies ahead.
The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.