The First Day of the Rest of My Life

No big philosophical discussion will take place here, just the rambling thoughts of a 51-year-old who has recently discovered there can be freedom in life.

Being made redundant in my employment just 10 days ago, my husband Dean and I have had a lot to think about and decided that now is the time to do what we’ve always wanted to do – drive around Australia. This big beautiful country of ours holds so many treasures that we have never seen, so many beaches Dean has never surfed and so many places of wonder and awe-inspiring beauty and history. Albeit our history is much shorter than other countries, that doesn’t make it any less extraordinary.

With our three daughters grown and living their own lives, right now is the perfect time for us to ‘live the dream’ before we are both unable to do so. Ok, before I am unable to do so. Four years ago I was diagnosed with osteoporosis and I already have two compression fractures in my back. It’s manageable, with treatment and pain medication, but the pain will never go away – it is something I have to live with and while I am still able to manage the pain (and sit in a car), we have to take that leap of faith and have our own Nike moment and just do it. The opportunity will never get better than right now.

With the decision made to ‘hit the road’, this blog is about all the other decisions we will make: When to go – What car to buy – What caravan to buy – What to take – What to put into storage. The list goes on, but at least I’m writing it all down so I don’t forget anything. My To Do List notebook is fast becoming my friend and my foe all at once but will ultimately be my saving grace.

Once we ‘hit the road’ I will continue to blog about our trip, where we go, what we do, what we learn and hopefully keep my family and friends entertained with my ramblings along the way.

One final thought: Why is today the first day of the rest of my life? For those who don’t know, today is my birthday and I cannot think of a more perfect day to start afresh, to move forward, to move onwards and upwards towards bigger, brighter, better things. I have always told our daughters that everything happens for a reason and even though at the time we may not be aware of what those reasons are, sooner or later the universe will right itself and suddenly the reason becomes so clear we struggle to comprehend why we couldn’t see it in the first place.

Therefore today, the first day of the rest of my life, I move on to bigger, brighter, better things.

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