What is it about water that is so mesmerising?
It seems to hold a special power over us, the ebb and flow almost like a magical magnetic pull.
When we go camping I’m drawn to watery destinations of waterfalls, coastal vistas, rivers and lakes. I feel as though I’m in touch with my soul when I’m near water.
But it wasn’t always that way.
As a young child I nearly drowned in a river. It scarred me. From then on I always had an excuse to miss school swimming carnivals and I’d forge mum’s signature on notes. She had no idea.
It was only as an adult, after I met Doug, who was heavily into scuba diving, that I finally overcame my fear and learned to swim.
Then I snorkelled the waters of the Great Barrier Reef back home. It was like an underwater Garden of Eden.
Do you ever reflect on what you’ve achieved in your life, whether you’ve done enough or whether you could have done things differently?
Maybe it’s an age thing. Maybe at 51, with my kids getting older, losing my mum last year and now searching for purpose it’s driving these thoughts.
What am I doing with the rest of my life? Could I do things differently? Should I be doing things differently? Am I doing enough, am I making a difference?
I often wonder where I’m heading.
I guess we all have thoughts like that at some stage.
Then I look back at my life and I see that everything has lead me here.
All my choices, the decisions I’ve made, good or bad, have lead me to where I am today.
What matters is that we take what we’ve learned and use it to move forward. Reflecting and moving …
That’s what I’m trying to do.
My hope is that, as days unfold into weeks and the weeks become months, that we can look back on our time and appreciate that we’re all doing the best we can.
Better yet, for all our reflecting on what’s been, let’s not forget the most important moment is right now.
There’s no stopping the clock or slowing down time. So why do we often wait?
Learn to swim if you can’t, adopt a dog if you’ve always wanted to, take that yearned for trip, bungee jump if you’re feeling excited, tell that person how you feel while you can and go back for that second piece of chocolate cake.
Life’s too short and it’s not waiting for anyone.
Immerse yourself, make the most of every moment and don’t look back.
In response to Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Falling water
And The Daily Post Weekly photo challenge: Reflecting
Have a wonderful week ahead and keep enjoying the journey.