In eleven short days I turn 60. My how time has flown in this wonderful life of mine.
But I have not had much time to reflect on this. About a year ago I had set a goal to write 365 things I was grateful for…blessings in my life. I even created a spreadsheet to try to stay organized. I didn’t get very far…life throws us for some loops.
Since my last birthday in October 2015, I have been on a roller coast ride with my hands high up in the air enjoying the ride of life. I have experienced many ups and downs and there have been many things that have taken time out of my “blogging” life.
In February of this year I had a sudden opportunity to teach Japanese at Berea College in Berea, KY. It literally fell out of the sky and was a great blessing in many ways. But, by May, it was gone. It was temporary. But it was fun!
Then, once again, in August I began another teaching gig. Once again, it may be temporary, but I am teaching Japanese at the University of Kentucky. It is rewarding in many ways, but also takes a toll on my time. My passions have suffered – little time for blogging, few opportunities to go watch herons at Jacobson Park, fewer chances for photography (an my Nikon camera died as well…so I am stuck with just my iPhone for now)
But, I am grateful. I am alive and doing fine. I am earning money doing something I am passionate about. I love to teach and I love the Japanese language. I am also getting exercise as I walk daily on campus. This is good.
Along with the ups and downs, the heavens have opened up other opportunities and I have been blessed to get some traveling in. Early in the year we had hopes for a big family gathering in Utah…all of the grandkidz and children. A big roadtrip. But, things fizzled as schedules and finances and other things threw obstacles in the way. It was a real downer for me.
But God is kind. He poured out a blessing from heaven with the Japanese teaching position at UK and my heart is full. Our short biking trips with Julianne and Marissa and Julianne’s sister Laura have filled that travel urge. I am still getting photos. I am squeezing time in when I can (the gig at UK takes up nearly 40 hours a week with three classes four times a week and 75 students.
In many ways I am finally fulfilling a dream. I went to college in the 1980s with hopes of teaching. Now I am finally doing it as I approach 60. Its a blessing.
I can even take my “photo art” concept pics at the school and elsewhere. Life is awesome, but its getting better!!
In a few days I will hit a milestone. I am grateful to have made it this far. I hope I can catch up on my 365 days of Gratitude posts. I have so many more things to be grateful for and I want to express them. I’ll work on it.
LIFE IS GOOD