Here's what has occurred to date, altering my thinking and my course:
- Started Soudain Soixante
- A trip to California to visit one of "the Aunts". You know, I'm not certain that I have communicated well enough to my Aunts their importance to me over the past twenty years (Hey P&G! Thank you for your love, friendship and support over the past 20 years!)
- Reading Derek Doepker's book "Why You're Stuck" (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18627124-why-you-re-stuck)
- Adopting JOY as my one little word (http://aliedwards.com/blog/one-little-word)
So let's return to my late January trip to the Sonoma/Napa area of California and Aunt G. While there, I read Derek Doepker's book and considered my bucket list. One of the items on my list was to travel, and one of the places I wanted to travel to was to Italy (amongst other places). Another item on my list was to have a "significant other" in my life. Both reasonable items to have on a bucket list. Sadly for me, I had tied the two together...I wanted to travel to Italy with a significant other. The need for a SO was keeping me STUCK! Go figure. At the end of the week, I returned to Seattle with the knowledge that I am turning SIXTY this year. And as I've been single for the better part of the last 20 years, assuming a SO was going to drop into my life wasn't prudent. I began to operate under the construct that if I have 10 healthy years ahead of me (hopefully more, but 10 was an easy measurement); did I really want to wait for the SO or did I want to travel? Travel won!!
|De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem, The Netherlands|
The tour, called the "Best of Europe" was amazing. Even though I was on it, I still almost can't believe where I've been and what I have done. 21 days! The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France. Museums, churches, history, hiking, wine, great food. And all with new friends ranging from 16 to 60. Clearly too much for one post on Soudain Soixante. I've added a travel section (click on the travel tab at the top of this page) to the blog and will post some stories and photos over the next few weeks. Let me remind you, this was a huge leap, a giant step out of my comfort zone.
What keeps you stuck? How have you stepped out of your comfort zone? How have you stretched? What have you challenged yourself to do? Need some support to take the leap? Leave a comment here and I, along with the rest of the Soudain Soixante community will be happy to support you! Want to read more about how to take charge and do more (not less) in your sixties? Check out this blog, also part of my inspiration! http://www.savoringyoursixties.com/5-steps-for-loving-sixties/
Want to read more about my European adventure and see more pics!?! http://soudainesoixante.blogspot.com/p/travle.html
Photo Credits: These are both photos I took on the trip!