Day 1,355 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Tuesday – 7/20/2021
It Wasn’t Supposed to Rain
It wasn’t supposed to rain. I checked the weather before Steve, and I headed out on a morning walk. It wasn’t supposed to rain though half way through our walk, it started to sprinkle and then rain a little harder. I was yelling at the sky – “okay we’ve had enough!” Like that would really help.
It may sound odd, though it felt like the sky was crying. It felt a little from sadness and also tears of joy. Before we headed out on our walk, I was working on a chapter of my book titled Choices. There are some choices we make that are life-defining no matter which way we go. In those choices, there are times when we follow our inner voice though it’s not what the world, family or friends would choose for us.
The rain was cleansing as it felt like it was saying “It’s okay to be you. It’s okay to not do what everyone else thinks you should. Embrace and love you.”
About “Finding Joy”
And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…
It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip. Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core. I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life. And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents.
I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life. My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others.
Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis. It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.