Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..

Early Morning Thoughts…

hammock2Being semi-retired is a whole new world compared to working full time. I must admit, I’m enjoying the freedom that teaching online has afforded me these past 6 months.  It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve traveled to 11 countries in the past year and am planning another trip to Eastern Europe in the fall.

The hardest thing for me to get used to and accept is having my two children grown up and gone.

My son Adam has lived in El Salvador for over 4 years now and daughter Andei moved to LA and from there Europe for the summer.  Don’t get me wrong…I’m extremely proud of both of them, its just that being a Dad from a distance is a lot different role than when they lived with me or close by.

Working from home part-time has given me more time to think about life and the past.  When I was working full-time and moonlighting for other colleges I didn’t have time to dwell on the past. Just like most people @ 60 years old there are things I would have done very differently when it comes to my personal life, marriage, divorce and raising children.

Funny how you wake up one day and you ask yourself….“How did I survive that?” Why did I make that decision? What were you thinking idiot?

Well we all have to live with the choices and decisions we’ve made over the course of our lives. We learn from our mistakes and hopefully they inform us to make better choices and decisions in the future. All in all….I consider myself extremely lucky to have had such a fulfilling and challenging teaching and photography career, in addition to having two very special young adult children that are navigating their own way through life. I miss them both a great deal, but realize it is time for them to start their own personal journey’s.

I’ve been retired from full time teaching for a year now and so far I’m enjoying this new chapter in my life. I have more time to read, photograph, paint and travel and I have met a lovely and talented El Salvadoran woman who brings me great joy. I consider myself extremely blessed to be able to enjoy the other things in life besides full time work.

It’s also nice to wake up and slowly in the morning and make that pot of coffee without thinking about running out the door to get to the office on time.

Life is so very short so we have to make the most of it and count our blessings.


One comment on “Early Morning Thoughts…

  1. Ozaawaakook
    August 8, 2013

    It is good to read the tales of your life journey Red Dog, to reach the age we are for self reflection is something that others we have known never achieved……for whatever reason. I hope all things continue to shine light in your life Patrick, your kids have the “go get it” attitude of dad. They will be successful no matter what. Keep on doing the right thing and show the passion, it is what makes you a great teacher. Ozaawaakook

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