Congratulations to the lovely Aleta, winner of my giveaway!! and thank you to all who entered.
Last week I spent some time in NYC/NJ. I hadn't been back to my homestate, the Garden State in close to 15 years - so it was a sentimental return and a chance to show VC the places where I spent my childhood. Unfortunately my childhood home was razed and has been replaced by a two-story colonial-- and it's not like the place was a dive or anything like that. Such is how things go in one of the most coveted areas of the state to reside in.
Ohhhhhh....first - lookey here what we saw along the way - with the Honda Element mirror glistening in the foreground!!
We stopped at the roller rink where MB and I met back when we were teenagers doing the 80's shuffle every weekend and caught up with some of our skating buddies for a skating night in south Jersey. Other highlights included a visit to the Jersey shore. We did not see Snooki or any of the other GTL peeps but we did enjoy strolling along the boardwalk after paying to access the beach. What???? That felt odd since the beaches where we live have free public access.
MB and VC visited Great Adventure so VC could go on the Kingda Ka rollercoaster that he first read about in elementary school. The crazies went on it at least 6 times.
The highlight of my visit was a "cousins party" at my cousin's house where I met up with the cousins on my father's side that I had not seen in all those years. I was a special time - and an opportunity for our kids to meet each other too.
During the visit we stayed with one of my cousins who has been a great sounding board and source of lots of laughs over the years. He is convinced that although I just got another degree, I will not be happy until I am pursuing my creative pursuits in earnest and I believe he is right.
Coincidentally, when I returned home I came across an article that I had seen once before - The Top 5 Regrets of Dying. It is a quick read - and worth it - if you are also searching for your "place" in life.
Another great resource is this article by Martha Beck about revisiting our childhood pleasures in search of "radical fun." Looking back, what I was often doing was drawing in my sketchbook and writing corny poems that rhymed while we traveled out west on vacation.
I was recently hired on a per diem basis to do some of the healthcare procedures I trained for - but the days will be very sparse - so in between I fully intend to explore my creative side.
This time I won't be so quick to judge myself and throw in the towel or spend wasted time comparing my work to others which is part of the reason I quit all together 5+ years ago. (then there was the Mr. Chow portrait incident but that's a whole 'nother story)
I realize that I am much more of a visual person than I am a writer. Evidence: This blog!
We'll see if I can drag myself away from the computer and become productive....
Have you found your passion? What led you to it? Enquiring minds want to know....