Thursday, December 6, 2012


From within, there is a passion or fire that has continued to burn.  It has been there for a long long time.  And yet for some time, it had been diminished.
Over these past two years, I've been able to rekindle that fire like I did in my twenties.  Like the Phoenix from the ashes, I feel like my best work is yet ahead of me. Luckily my partner has been there for me over these past years to keep me sane.
I wake up each day with an excited hurry to rush out that door and explore.  Over these next couple years as I release myself from debt caused by education, buying a home etc I will continue to end this chapter of my life quickly so that I can fly again.  I want to travel not once or twice a year but often. Whenever.
Turning 40 has been amazing.  I thought creatively it would end after my 20's but just when I least expected it, the magic and sparkle has come back again.  The passion was always there.  I was just so busy getting muddled up in the game of life that I forgot to keep hope. What happens when you surface above politics?  Above debt? Above petty arguments?  When all of that daily stuff becomes white noise and no longer matters as much?  Travel, here or there, is in my blood.  It has been there my entire life and soon all the hard work will pay off.
I lost a friend last year at the young age of 47.  I lost a Grandfather at 56.  I have friends who have lost parents at 50.  Everyday must count from here on out.  The video "Try" below begins a two part series about trying and not giving up.  Life is work.  There are no shortcuts in relationships, work or finances. There are no quick fixes with drugs or miracle weight loss programs.  "Try" is also not giving up.  And it's also about doing my best in everything I do. Soon, very soon, my wings will unfurl as I continue to  make those last steps towards this new chapter of freedom.  And adventure.
Stay tuned for the posts "Try" and "Birding Etiquette" over the next two days.  More tomorrow....


  1. Very uplifting.
    Keep the faith.

  2. Chris, I am sure you will enjoy being free. And it is always important not to give up. Wishing you all the best, have a great day!

  3. I like your words very much. Every day is a new chapter.

  4. Interesting the way the camera can pick up the swirling light effects

  5. You are such a joy for me! You get me excited about nature, and life! Creativity!!! I am trying so hard to be able to handle (with dignity) all of my familial chores (and love them too), but while always striving to keep up something creative. It is hard thing to do. Life can mire you down. I need to come up with a plan. A plan. A plan. Keep working toward your beautiful dreams! If you dream it, and plan for it, it will happen. It has happened already in my life that I have managed it a few times. I am 16 years older than you and I want to retire for good. I pray we can have our dreams! On the blog, it always "seems" like you are living yours already!!! :)
    Have a wonderful day!!!

  6. Życzę spełnienia wszelkich zamiarów :)
    I wish you all intents and fulfillment of dreams :)

  7. I really like these photos Chris. Very pretty!

  8. i am glad you are holding on and pursuing your dreams. :)

  9. Thanks for sharing your struggles as you move toward your dreams. It is a journey each person moves along, some succeed some fail. You are doing well. I look at how fortunate I am to live in a place like this. Since I was a child all I wanted was to be at the shore in a little house so I can let the waters bring me life. And now here I am. Almost impossible to believe I am here. If one can nurture the "dream" even in its first stages as a seed of desire in one's brain - it will happen. I know that is true. Never let the "dream" die, or we die. Jack

  10. Life is every day you take breath at any age. And only you can make that happen.

    Interesting song and video filled with mixed messages.

    1. Today one of our security guards collapsed and died from a heart attack. 21 days from retirement and it breaks my heart. Life is everyday and it must enjoyed. It was just shocking today. Yeah, that video has a lot of stuff going on.

  11. It looks like you have your focus in the right place Chris.
    Interesting photos and video. I saw this video on TV and found it to be very thought provoking.

  12. Every day is a gift, it's up to us to untie the ribbons! Saw this on my FB wall today and couldn't help but think of you. It's a casting call for a show about birders :)

  13. Go for it Chris! And I am so glad to have met you! You have become a good friend!

  14. You are such a good example, Chris, of a young adult who is leading the best life possible in this crazy world. I know you don't have time to do this but you should write a book about balancing out life the way you do it....

    So many young adults don't seem to have passions in life ---and you really do... You have interests in so many things... I wish more people could learn from you!!!! You are definitely right when you say that LIFE is WORK.... It truly is---and we all need to keep putting one foot in front of the other...

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Your enthusiasm for life in everything you say and do is contagious. I have no doubt that with your passion, you will make the most of what life has to offer and fulfill your dreams:)

  16. Happy Birthday, Chris! I pray for only goodness and excitement and contentment for you in all the years ahead!

  17. Wonderful fire photos Chris and such a moving post. Hold on to your dreams and aspirations :) Your enthusiasm for life and wildlife is so inspiring :)

  18. inspiring.
    life. being who you are. dealing with the ups & downs.
    dreaming...awake or asleep. and striving for them.

    (i have experienced so much loss in my life...too soon...too early...sometimes i wonder if i myself will make it to retirement age...when i can travel the country...hit the road with no destination in mind, and free myself of all these things that tie me 59...i'm getting closer. =) )


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