Sometimes life gives you lemons and you have to make lemonade. Sometimes the unthinkable happens and you need to become unsinkable. I don’t mean to be trite but as catchy as these phrases are, sometimes you do just have to “do it”, to put one foot ahead of the other, to move on.
This blog has changed, for those who may read it. You should be aware of an absence. I will leave it at that. Yes, there has been a loss, an absence, a gap, a hiccup… It is never any fun when life blows you in another direction. It may be fun once you arrive but you rarely have the assurance of fun as you travel. Instead, it is a test of faith, a limbo, a process to endure and overcome. Thus.
I have no simple solution. There are, there will be, good days and bad. Happy and sad.
So how do you go on when all you expected and planned is suddenly gone? Well you reach for, you grasp, you clutch and cling to, all that it is good, all that you can love unconditionally, without fear. These include your children, your health, your home, your family, your talent. Anything and everything you hold dear, you hold it now.
I can say life has, indeed, surprised me yet again, and I feel tossed by the wind, a bit weathered, but not beaten, not fallen to the ground. I can say wholeheartedly that I love so much about my life that as much as that one part was, it is not all, it will not take me with it. So I, instead, celebrate what I do love and that is… my home, small though it may be, I am slowly but surely, weeding it down and making it right… the island, yes island, that I live on that gives me a boost whenever I enter it… my children of course who are maddening and inspiring at the same time… my health being vibrant so I can enjoy both my kids and my location… and lastly my art which fuels my passion and gives me an outlet for all that I go through and more.
So this is my simple message. In life, which can be blessed and turbulent at the same time, one must love and cherish the good. There is so much we can not control, can not change but we can choose to be in this life, on this earth, in love no matter what.
When I was a baby I loved lemons. My father took a video of me at about 1 year old eating lemon after lemon. I would put the lemon in my mouth and squint and squeeze my mouth into contortions from the bitterness. Then I would pause, put one lemon down, grin broadly and pick up another, repeating the scene. Yes, that is life, we must embrace the bitter, the part which contorts us and keep going.