As I meander along in the boat, I watch the scenery and contemplate life. Long ago, I did some soul searching, and it paid off. I found a fulfilling career. I also did some spiritual soul searching and have been comfortable with my personal beliefs and myself for most of my adult life. Now I'm searching for something else, something beyond all that. I'm trying to figure out what I want with the rest of my life.
I made some choices early on that I'll always have to live with. Haven't we all? My early choices have finally come full circle. This has allowed one chapter of my life to end. Now, I find myself at a new beginning, wondering what it is I want for the next chapter. I don't want to make the same mistakes, that's for sure! But I also don't have to worry about that because that's one of the wonderful things about life: experience and introspection allow us to change, hopefully for the better.
After spending four days with family in the deep north woods and after much reflection, I think I can put into words what it is I want. I want to be surrounded by family and friends, by people I enjoy spending time with and who enjoy spending time with me. If you're one of the people I've expressed an interest in wanting to spend time with, or if you're someone who has spent time with me around a campfire, sharing a meal, going for long walks, hanging out with our children, or just getting out in the community and participating in whatever event happens to be the choice of the day, then you are one of the people I am thankful to have in my life.