Gail Sheely wrote a bestselling book over 30 years ago, probably before most of you were born, titled Passages. It is about the passages we go through in life and it remains an important book today. When I read the email from Gary about his decision to, more or less, go on a sabbatical, ‘cut the strings that bind’, I thought of this book. The passages Gail Sheely writes about may not be the same, but we do have passages in our life. The point I am trying to make is that most of those who are blessed with talent, energy and curiosity cannot remain where they are forever, they must move on to new horizons, ‘take the road least traveled’ and leave the routine that no longer serves them. Nothing great ever achieved was not without risking, exploring and growing and having the time and focused attention to devote to the goal. I wish Gary all the luck in the world and understand his decision.
I am retired, divorced and my grown children do not live close by. My friends, with a couple of exceptions, are those I have made online. It would seem that this would give me the opportunity to do what I want, when I want. For the most part it does, I have explored many new creative ideas and want to continue. In addition, there are wonderful books I want to read and software techniques to learn. Unfortunately, as much as enjoy it when I have the time, I feel obligated to visit communities and blogs, comment etc. and keep my blogs updated and post images of what I am doing, because I do not want to lose my connections and friends. It is a dilemma, but I believe Gary is right, true friends will understand and be there when and if we return.
I guess it would be wise to copy the posts I make there and post them here, it would save some precious time :O)