I have been really liking Kate Takes 5 weekly listography and enthused by A Farmer's wife post would like to play along. I really had to think hard about this weeks theme - five decisions that you are glad you made. Now in my mid forties, I feel I have re - invented myself many times. There has been many chapters of my life. I often have not made the best decisions. I certainly could have been more successful in my chosen career, more steadfast and less emotional and less reactive. But here I go:
1. Learning Yoga and Meditation from a young age.
Time and time again re-invigorating my practice has steadied my soul and given me strength. It keeps me supple and calm.
2. Going to University.
In fact I ended up doing 2 Bachelor degress back to back. That meant nine years of being a poor student, supporting myself through, wearing daggy trackie dacks and waitressing most nights. But I lived in the most crazy fun student shared households. I dabbled in the extra-ordinary and it really broadened my mind and horizons and gave me a perspective on this world that has led me to keep exploring and keep on learning.
3. Taking a trip to Darwin
On a whim I rang Darwin Hospital to see if there were any job opportunities. I got a job in that phone call and in the next few weeks left my position in an inner city hospital and left for the wild frontier that is the Northern Territory. I was only planning to stay for a year but then ended up staying five. I do feel I gained some understanding of Aboriginal culture and their connection to their land. There are lots of endemic problems but it was an experience to me that opens up new possibilities for the future. In Darwin I met the most free thinking people. It was a less materialistic way of living. Very different to the East Coast. Camping in Kakadu, living on the Tiwi islands, fishing, mud crabbing, sailing it was fantastic. Oh yes and I met my man there.
4. Selling my house.
This was a hard one, but yes I do want to have it here. You see about 6 months ago I became very regretful about this. But now I have moved on and happy that this has been the best decision. The story is I became pregnant very unexpectantly at age 43. I am the main bread winner ( my partner is an Artist - say no more), we had purchased a house a bit beyond our means and really it was a knockdown anyway but we took on this project as our baby of renovating it from inside out. I really wanted to stay home with my one and only child. We finished the renovations after our son was born, sold it and moved on. A lot of people were unsure of our choices and some were a bit disappointed. Now we are renters in a very cosy little cottage and I work only very part time and am now dabbling in art, gardening, cooking, walking and just lying in the sun. I am very lucky that I can still have a career to return to. One day another "home" will present itself, i'm sure.
5. Making a conscious decision every day to find happiness and fun in each day. Some days I do wake up as cranky pants. But I realise how much I have an effect on how the day will pan out. I take few deep breaths, get over myself and smile. My little boy smiles back.
Thank you for giving me time to think about theses things.