Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
The place I’m ending my six month sabbatical is absolute paradise. It’s January 1, 2013 – first day of the new year and I’m sitting up in bed, drinking a cup of strong coffee gazing out the bay windows of this mountain top resort in San Marcos, Guatemala at the most beautiful deep blue lake and expansive volcano vista anyone could imagine.
It’s hard to believe 2012 has come to an end. I must admit it’s been a great year with amazing adventures – especially since retiring last July 1st. Life is a series of hills and valleys, ups and downs, joys and sorrow’s. I have been blessed in so many ways. The older I get the more I appreciate each and every day God gives me on this earth – especially mornings like this, waking up in San Marcos to this magnificent view.
It seems all my years of working, teaching and pursuing my career are now compressed into my memory bank. That chapter of my life is over and a new one has begun. Today is the start of a new year. I’m sure there are more joys and sorrows ahead. More challenges, adventures, and disappointments. Its all part of this thing called life and we learn and grow from them all.
Not only is it a new year. In less than 2 weeks I turn 60 and another decade will pass me by. Time is a freight train screaming down the tracks of life and it stops for no one. I think if there is any single resolution I want to make, it’s to be more humble and appreciative of my blessings. Traveling through Eastern Europe and Central America has made me so very aware of how good I have it in life.
Sure…I’ve worked hard for the things I have, but many people work very hard and don’t have the opportunities I’ve had nor do they get the chance to travel and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
I’ll be ready to go back to teaching next week and I will also be ready to go back home to a routine. Traveling through Europe and Central America has been a dream come true for me. I have grown and learned a great deal over these past 6 months since leaving my full time job. There is life after full time employment and it can be a wonderful adventure.
Photography’s taught me to keep my eyes wide open to every nuance and little detail of my surroundings. It’s taught me to truly SEE and APPRECIATE the world around me. Especially the LIGHT that activates and enhances the textures, values and colors of the people and places I’ve come across in my travels.
Photography has enhanced my travel experiences in so many ways. The pictures I’ve taken are little reminders of each step of the journey and the special friends made along the way. Happy New Year to you all and may your travels be safe, exciting and filled with adventure!
A few more favorite photos….