I know a few of you land on this blog looking for information about Panama. I’ll reiterate once again that this blog originally started out as a way to put all my stories in one place so that I didn’t have to repeat them over and over in emails to friends and family back home. Yes, I do belong to ExPat blog sites, but when I look at my statistics and see where my readers come from, it’s not these sites that are driving traffic here.
I’ve contemplated beginning another blog to express my personal thoughts and to talk about life but I have trouble enough keeping up with this blog and have decided that I wouldn’t be able to do two blogs justice. I’ve decided that yes, what I have to say about my thoughts and feelings during this phase that I have begun to call Chapter 2.5 of my life is relevant to those who are contemplating retirement, are retired, and yes, thinking of retiring outside of your own country. Hopefully, as ever-changing beings there comes a time to reflect on how we can make the most of life and make it the best we can. I’ve discovered that the last two years of not working, slowing down and digging deep within myself that I have evolved into an almost entirely different person than I was even as little as five years ago. And yes, I think I can say that even within the last year and a half I’ve had a little shift of perspective.
I’ve ruminated the last few days over some emails I’ve recently received from a dear friend at home. She’s struggling a bit now and is trying to find where the path will lead her. I don’t want to be the friend that says; “There, there it will get better.” I’ve left being indignant and spitting anger behind me when it comes to these things and that was a hard lesson won. I can’t offer her an easy solution; I believe that the answer to her problems has to come within her. What I can offer is an ear, albeit by email to listen to what she has to say and make a few suggestions on what she can do to help herself feel better.
The last cycle of our 30 Day Challenge that our little group here is doing is finished for this round. Yesterday was a new day, where we were to begin on our next challenges. We haven’t had a “formal” closing where we discuss how we did on the last challenge and what our next challenges will be. I do have to say that it’s amazing how a change that I thought would have a time limit becomes part of my life. I’ll write about this more in a later post.
I’ve decided to start blogging on Thursdays about inspirational TED Talks that I’ve found. I’ve posted TED Talks before but I’ve decided that perhaps I should start exploring the site a little further because there are so many amazing, inspirational videos. Today, I bring you Brené Brown who is a professor at the University of Houston and researches vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. I’m currently half way through her book titled “The Gifts of Imperfection”. In this talk she shares how she began her year-long journey of discovering that she was “enough” and how to live wholeheartedly and honestly. Oprah is even offering a six-week eCourse for those who want to continue the journey and explore their creative side.
I’ll leave you with the video and a quote from Brené:
“The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle: me too.”