Still Dreaming

HappinessJen at Tripping Through Treacle has inspired me to rewrite my bucket list.  Instead of focusing on loss, I can rethink my aspirations.  I love it!  This is a perfect activity for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis awareness month.

Actually, I feel like I’ve just had a bucket list year.   Thanks to my husband’s determination and constant willingness to overcome any challenge, this year I have been able to:

  • travel across the continent and experience new places
  • reunite with an old friend and meet new ones
  • start painting
  • learn photography
  • have my work published (no money yet – that will be on the new list)
  • envision new possibilities.

In a few months, I turn 60.  Given that my health is a constant concern, I cannot hope to travel to exotic places, or participate in extreme sports, or even grace the boards as I might have wished for in former years, however; I still have dreams.

I aspire to:

  • publish a book of poetry
  • finish the book I am writing
  • take the grandchildren on one of our journeys
  • spend more time in nature
  • write a children’s book for each of my grandchildren
  • earn an income from my creative work
  • walk everyday
  • spend the winters in Arizona
  • make a difference

Dreamanew.Life changes, it’s inevitable.  We can hold onto our dreams – at a cost – or reshape them.

I am choosing to believe that happiness is always an option.



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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

4 thoughts on “Still Dreaming

  1. Great aspirations! I especially like “making a difference”. It seems every day offers some opportunity for that. I enjoyed your inspiring post. I agree happiness is always an option!

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  2. What a wonderful bucket list V.J.! I have no doubt whatsoever that you’re going to accomplish all these things! And when your book of poetry comes out, I’ll be first in line to buy it; after all, you’re the one who converted me. :o)

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