How can I love our life and my wife after sleeping more than 1200 nights in a roof top tent in Africa?
The feeling usually washes over me just after breakfast. I sit full of our fruity muesli smoothie stuff looking out on whatever wild place we are at. It’s then an unmatched peace and tranquility starts to build.
Maybe it’s the sugar rush from the fruit or the songs from the birds or the vistas or wildlife. I’m not sure. But at that moment the joy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the sweetest.
As the sun rises, I look out across a macadamia orchard near Kruger Park. Margrit picks up the cups and bowls and smiles, “Why don’t you just sit here and ‘love our life’. Stretching and taking in the world with one big breath. I sigh, “I love our Life and my Wife.” It has become one of our treasured little traditions.
Now, you know our circumstances. This is all happening next to our 18 year old Land Rover with the roof top tent. I still can’t believe we’ve slept in it for over 1200 nights. Tell me, how could the rewards of the pursuit of happiness land us here? Yet, it’s the best!
The beauty of being semi-retired is a more real perspective of life. Our life. My life. We more readily follow the moment doing what we want and need to do. While being very wary of expectations offered from the outside.
No longer do we worry about the stuff we used to. No longer caring about the talking heads or the acquired expectations of the past. Don’t get me wrong, I love how we spent the first two thirds of our lives together.
But as I look back, I see so many decisions we made were “guided” by the expectations of others. Being manipulated to further their own agendas.
Whether it was how we lived our lives to have what ‘we deserved’. Or what to believe with political correctness, global warming, or fake news. Or how to keep up with the new American Dream so we could have great credit scores, so we could go deeper in debt, so we could work our guts out to buy more or bigger stuff… that we rarely needed!
No joke, think of all the time spent running, no grunting it out to pay the extra bills or fussing about other’s ‘expectations’. Instead of loving every minute or having more minutes to love.
It took a long while to learn Margrit’s unique perspective of life. I’m just happy for her patience and including me in it! LULL, Happy 43rd Valentines together.
So everyone, I’m on record to make life more like Valentines Day. Are you with me? Okay, all together now… Big Breath… “I love our Life and my Wife!” Feels good doesn’t it? Now, listen to this talking head and do it every day after breakfast focusing on real life as much as possible.
Enjoy the day and do some good