The idea that stimulated this post came from Jenna MacDonald at There’s a Shoe for That. When I was considering starting this blog, a conversation with Jenna tipped me over the edge to actually do it.
The thought of finding 50 moments seemed daunting at first. However, when I sat down to write, I actually had to trim out moments because I passed 50.
The lesson I took away from the exercise is that in a world where the next instant moment of gratification is the goal of many, I believe a path to happiness comes from being present, taking chances, and living a life of gratitude for opportunities that may cross your path.
Reluctant to classify these moments in any ranking that could be interpreted as one being better than another, they are random within four categories: cradle-to-grave moments, travel moments, unique opportunity moments, and existential moments.
Cradle-to-Grave (Moments 1-6)
According to Dictionary.com ‘Cradle to grave’ means: “extending throughout one’s life, from birth to death”.
- Pregnancy, I only had one but I loved the experience
2. Holding my baby for the first time
3. Being with my Mom on her last day of life
4. Finding my soulmate
5. Realizing our kids know how to make good choices
6. Watching our children develop/perform/create
Travel (Moments 7-32)
These moments all happened because I travelling away from home. The range of dates for these experiences begin at age 7 with my first trip to Scotland and extend up to last year when Eric and I cruised from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Haiti and Jamaica.
7. Seeing the Grand Canyon by both small plane and land (Arizona, USA)
8. Visiting standing stones (near Inverness, Scotland)
9. BBQ and hot tub at King Ranch (Texas, USA)
10. Breathing the air at the Icefields Parkway (Rockies, Alberta, Canada)
11. Snorkeling in Cozumel (Mexico)
12. Dog sledding (La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada)
13. Seeing the terrain of Iceland for the first time
14. Sailing in the Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
15. Swimming with dolphins (Costa Maya, Mexico)
16 Experiencing a desert (Palm Springs, California & Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
17. Days in Liverpool (England)
18. Any visit to Scotland
19. Putting my toes in the Pacific Ocean for the first time (British Columbia, Canada)
20. Riding a pony on the beach in Blackpool (England)
21. Visiting a fortune teller in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA)
22. Experiencing the Napa Valley (California, USA)
23. Meadows in the Sky Parkway (Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada)
24. Airboat tour of the Bayou in Louisiana (USA)
25. Kayaking with dolphins in a South Carolina marsh (USA)
26. The many layers of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
27. Introducing Eric to cruising
28. Day cruise on the Rhine (Germany)
29. The Giant’s Causeway (Northern Ireland)
30. Chicago Art Institute (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
31. CN Tower view (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
32. Experiencing Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA)
Unique Experiences (Moments 33-47)
These moments all happened, or started, at home in New Brunswick, Canada.
33. Tour of the potash mine in a Jeep-like vehicle (700 m below surface)
34. Discovering Eye of the Needle for the first time
35. Flying in a helicopter
36. Sleeping on a train (in a sleeper car)
37. Figuring out how to make Lorne sausages and having them taste just right
38. Spending days outside with my Dad while he created art
39. Catching my first fish
40. The smell and feel of cool air in early autumn
41. Growing to love lobster
42. Whale watching
43. Walking on the ocean floor, regularly
44. Feeling the wind in my face while riding a bike
45. Being hooked by a good book
46. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean
47. Learning to knit
48. Meeting Prince Charles (1996 and 2012), Prince Andrew (1985), and Prince Edward (sometime in the 2000s)
Existential (Moments 49 & 50)
For lack of better classification, these moments where philosophical reflections that have come to me in the last few years.
49. Realizing I’ve found contentment
50. Knowing home is the best place to be
Number 50 is my life lesson from the list. I have been fortunate to see and do so many things in so many places but as Dorothy so aptly puts it “There’s no place like home”.
With a click of my heels I’m out for this week.