|Chapel at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida|
It reminded me that it is time to take inventory. An inventory of what I have.
1: Health - I am able to move, walk, climb a few flights of stairs, ride a bike. I can still get stronger. Life is terminal, but nothing appears to be imminently fatal. I am sleeping better than I have in a couple of years.
2: Mind - my mind is intact, I can think, I can read, I can still find connections between seemingly unconnected bits of information, I can understand complex concepts, I can find logical connections and logical failures. I am still able to learn.
3: Relationships - My sweet bear is the light of my life, I have a small family that seems to get along. I have a small collection of friends. I should put more work into social connections - I am starting to understand my social interaction patterns - understanding should lead to improving.
4: Mobility - I am able to travel. I am able to fly, or take the train. I am able to drive and I have a comfortable, reliable car (that is paid for.) I am building up frequent flyer miles for 2018.
5: Work - I have work that I enjoy, find value in, and that allows me a great deal of freedom.
6: Creative outlets - I love taking pictures, and blogging. I occasionally paint (I should do more painting.) I enjoy writing, and the more I write the easier it is, and I think the better my writing is.
There are things I could do in the past, that I can't do today. Things change, my triathlon days are behind me, I travel a little slower than I once did, and I take a little longer to recover. I am no longer trying to be the fiercest in the office. My photography is much less technical than it once was, I can't get the angles that I once did, my days of crouching in front of the crowd are in the past. I have permanent nerve damage, and my spine hurts everyday in one way or another.
I can focus on the changes (losses) or on the inventory of what I can do. I think it better to focus on what I can do.