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My Friend, the Blackbird

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fullsizeoutput_391I’m sitting outside listening to the melodious song of my new friend, a blackbird. He lands on our terrace each morning and sings me a wake-up song. I’ve never seen the common blackbird before as there aren’t any in, at least my part, of North America. I find them seriously cute with their inquisitive eyes and bright orange beaks. Their song is one of my favorite birdsongs.

Every time I see him, though, I think, “…four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie…” I definitely don’t want to see him baked into a pie, but it goes to show how things stay with us from childhood.

It’s interesting to see all the new kinds of wildlife here in Europe. It was one thing I hadn’t thought about when coming to a new continent. It has surprised me how many different kinds of birds there are in Denmark alone. I come from a country that is filled with wildlife of all kinds, but I’ve never heard as many birds all at once as in Denmark. Sometimes while walking, we have difficulty hearing each other, especially if we pass below a tree. The birds are very loud!

Right now, as I sit out on my terrace, there is a concert going on around me. I could never get sick of this.

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Castle on a Rock

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Bourtzi Castle in Nafplio, Greece

I lean back against the sun-warmed stones and gaze across the blue-green sea of Nafplio’s harbor. The water swells softly, the crests glistening in the sun which casts a hazy glow across the landscape. A castle sits high on the rocky mountain above the city like an ancient sentinel. I can easily imagine the same scene hundreds of years ago. Not much has changed.

I can’t resist sitting cross-legged on the rocks to pull my journal out of my purse and try with simple words to describe what my eyes have trouble believing. The view takes my breath, sweeping it up to mingle with the sea breezes which threaten to steal my new hat.

The wind picks up, rustling my pages and my gaze is drawn upward by the sound of engines. Two motored paragliders sail across the perfect blue of the sky, coming, what looks to me, perilously close to each other. But, they too, enjoy this gorgeous day over the Aegean Sea. What it must look like to them–God’s point of view.

The boat’s horn sounds, awakening me from my reverie. As we glide back across the harbor, I find myself wishing I could stay longer and soak up more of the peace I found there, along with the fresh salt breeze and the sun kissing my skin. Soon I will return to greet the small part of me that I left behind, gazing across the bay with sparkling eyes and a dreamy smile.

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Waiting to Live

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I read a quote this morning and it hit me in the forehead.

“Funny thing is most people spend the first part of their lives waiting to live and then just hang around waiting to die.” ~ Caz of YTravel Blog

With this trip I realize that I am finally deciding to live. I’ve spent most of my life waiting around to live. There has been too much of “When I finally get to do that I’ll be so happy…” Well, no more. It’s time to make my dreams a reality no matter how hard the journey. I refuse to get to the point of my life where I can no longer do the things I’ve dreamed of and then I just wait to die. I will have wasted my life.

As Jonas and I have gotten more and more excited about our trip we’ve talked to a few people who know about it (as I haven’t yet given my notice at work), and I’m surprised by the comments. Every single one of them have things they’d like to do one day, but most of them aren’t yet doing anything to forward their dream. It makes me wonder why.

Most of us are too accepting of our circumstances. We see no way to reach the goal in our present situation, so we don’t try. We feel that one day our circumstances might change, and then we’ll get there. I’m speaking from experience. What people don’t realize is when you put your efforts out there and start trying to reach your goal despite having no idea how it will happen, the “how” will begin to reveal itself. You will be surprised, as I was, by the amazing things that start to show up!

I’ve been reading a lot of travel blogs lately. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the content. I’ve found a group of people who have the same goals and philosophies I’ve always had. They are people who refused to settle for the everyday life and went after excitement and adventure as a way of life. They didn’t accept society’s rules and standards, but rather are making their own rules. Not all of these bloggers are twenty-something either. Quite a few are middle-aged like my husband and I. They tried the job/house/car life and it left them empty as it did us. So, it’s time to try something new on for size.

So what about you? Are you still waiting to live? Or are you ready to start living now? It doesn’t mean you have to go off on a mad quest to find life. It means evaluation. Are you living the life you’ve always wanted to, or are some changes needed? I’m making changes and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me. I’ll take the good, the bad, and even the ugly. At least I’ll always know I didn’t wait for something to show up. I went out and found it.