As I look out of my window at the bright sky and listen to the birds singing in the trees, I find it hard to believe that one more year is almost gone.
For the ending post of 2007, I would really like to have something profound to write today. However, not having anything profound to write, has not prevented me from writing in the past and apparently it isn’t stopping me today either.
2007 has been a wonderful year. This is a year I never thought I would see and if all goes well today, I will get to greet 2008 also. I remember when my dad died. It was one day prior to my 12th birthday. He was 50 years old. For some reason, his dieing at the age of fifty, left me thinking that the same thing would happen to me.
As I counted birthday after birthday, I watched as the difference between my age and fifty grew smaller. Finally I became 50. What now? It seems that it is easy to have something in our mental future that we are always waiting for. I know you know the feeling.
You say things like, “I will do that when ______ (you fill in the blank). And for some reason the blank never happens. Many times we may postpone living because of something we think needs to happen. Often times, what we want to happen, never does and we have just wasted all that time waiting in limbo.
Well, I am happy that I no longer postpone enjoying life. Most days I can find something new that I haven’t seen before. Most days I find something that makes me smile. It is amazing how much more fun you can have if you are not waiting for some event to occur so that you can start enjoying life.
I have gotten to the age that I don’t have to expect myself to accomplish something to feel fulfilled. I have been there and done that. I don’t have to make a large amount of money. I have long past learned that money doesn’t buy happiness. I now just enjoy each day for what ever it brings.
Luckily, Chiriquí Chatter is one of the things that brings me unexpected happiness. It seems that everyday, I receive at least one email from some place in the world, where I have never been. Take yesterday, for instance. I received this nice email from Holland. The person that wrote it, just wanted to pass on a musical artist that he thought I might like to listen to.
Many of the emails I receive are written as you would write a long time friend and yet we have never met. I read and respond to every email and feel grateful that the person was willing to use some of their valuable time to write me.
While I no longer set milestones for myself, Chiriquí Chatter has reached a few milestones. None that were planned, they have just happened. This month, the Chiriquí Chatter Photo Album passed the 100,000 mark, for photos viewed. With this post, there have been 1850 posts made and, more importantly, 6,575 comments. If there is any real profoundness to be found here, it most likely will be in the comments. December will also have the largest number of individual readers that Chiriquí Chatter has ever had.
In closing, let me just thank all of you who continue to drop in now and then. Thanks to those that have taken the time to comment or send emails. You have helped to make my time in Panama most enjoyable. Now for 2008, remember the words of James Dean, “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” Now go out and have a great day.