November

Gypsy for Halloween

November. It looks like we made it. Thank God.
Since August, I’ve been to the doctor or the lab or the radiologist no less than eight times. Probably a couple of appointments to go before the year is out but, thank you, God, all the “new” tests have produced good news. I am incredibly thankful for my life. I love life. I also specifically love my life, with all the ups and downs and rollercoaster twists and turns, challenges, and what have you. I will say that all the extra running around has been exhausting. I’m glad things are settling down some now, or knock on wood, they seem to be.

Not long ago, in the midst of all this, I had occasion to say to someone, “You do what you know is right.” Sitting here this morning, looking around at the world in general, I had another one of those moments where I felt like, “I’m out of touch with my so-called contemporaries. Perhaps I am getting out of step with the times.” But you know all those times when you didn’t follow your heart or weren’t true to yourself, and later looked back and thought, “If only I’d listened to myself…”? Well, I’ve got quite a few such reference points in my repertoire. It doesn’t matter what my so-called contemporaries are doing, or what the trends of the times might be, it matters what I know to be the right course for me. It matters that I continue to think for myself and act accordingly. Sometimes we need to learn to take our own advice.

“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.” – Thoreau

ย  Now, the busy holiday season is in full swing. I was a gypsy for Halloween. Being a gypsy was my costume for many years growing up because that was back in the day of the homemade costumes. I also just managed, by the grace of God, to pass three years and one month sober.ย  This is my favorite time of year, all my favorite holidays. Christmas is my absolute favorite. That said, I don’t tend to get into Christmas doings until after Thanksgiving. I believe in enjoying every moment, no reason to rush the season. Though there is something to be said for having all the decorating done and then relaxing. But, no, I don’t do Christmas the day after Halloween, not that there’s anything wrong with that. That doesn’t mean I’m any less busy at the moment. My husband and I are celebrating twenty years of marriage this year, and that’s a pretty big deal. Welcome, November!
Enjoy every moment that you can!

TS