Four things I’ve learned in life are:
- It’s true, only death and taxes are certain;
- Any old piece of garbage you put out at the curb will be valued and picked up by someone;
- Never trust a man sexually until he’s been dead for at least 3 days… ok, I have not confirmed this one but my mother said it was so; and
- Happiness is not a destination, it’s a state of being.
Aside from family, my life up until recently had been very dedicated to my job and “keeping up with the Jones”. But a diagnosis in May of 2013 challenged my character and pushed me to re-evaluate my beliefs and values. I was an unfortunate victim of: I’ll be happy when…. I lose weight or my spouse is more attentive or when I have more money or more things. Happiness had been rare and fleeting.
They say it’s in the darkest of night that the stars shine the brightest. I’m sure that depends on your perspective and personality but for me, I have sought out all light however insignificant. For those who are fortunate enough to have found it, true happiness is evidenced, as the light within their soul. These people are in love with what they do, see, feel, hear and touch regardless of situation or circumstance. True happiness is a choice.
So, I decided I should make a list of all things I love. Traveling was the first to come to mind. I not only want to explore new places, but new faces, activities and foods. I want to wander the unbeaten and beaten path.
The second love of my life is one of the best countries in the world and the one I am privileged to call home, Canada. Yes, yes it is true. I do say eh, drink a double double Tim’s and often sport a touque, (tuque, toque or however you choose to spell it). And on top of all that, this vast country is my backyard to play in.
The third and fourth loves of my life are writing and photography. I always envied those who could walk away from a budding corporate career, take a huge pay cut and follow their dreams. I did not have the balls to do it. Luckily for me, life threw me a diagnosis which did and there in is how this passion was born. Travel, blog, photograph and all about good Ol’ Canada from coast to coast to coast.
Whether you are another Canuck, a neighbour to the south or a friend from across the pond, I welcome you to explore with me. I appreciate your feedback and/or questions and I hope you enjoy the ride!
~ True North Nomad