Funny how a life can change in a very short time. Sometimes, we can live a life time in a matter of a day. This July marked our two years on this beautiful island. This July also marked a closure, an end of a chapter. (no, we are not moving) With mixed emotions, we packed our car and headed out of town. We realized then, that this was the first time in two years we have got off the island as a family. No work agenda. No other people. No missing family members.
These last two years have been a whirlwind of life. Leaving everything we knew behind to embrace a new life. Putting roots down to build a community. Building an authentic community around us for a brighter future and to put meaning in today. We have left good employment, a home, a vibrant arts community and a community of good friends. I left all of that for countless rejections while trying to make ends meet with creative financing and numerous part-time jobs. I left all of that for loneliness and uncertainty. It has been a challenging time. But we kept pressing on. Keeping the dreams alive. Hope is a real motivator.
I wanted to go see some places I've never been. Some unknown places and become invisible for a while. So, we mapped out our route on 4 of the small Gulf Islands off the east coast of Vancouver Island and we were off. I left my phone at home and recharged the camera battery. I used to take lots of decent pictures. I used to love that. I was just starting to learn all the photography lingo and figure out how to use all the dials and buttons. When my life gets overwhelming, those things take the backseat. I packed a novel I had picked up years ago at a thrift store for a dollar--"The Power of One". Aside from some audio books while I worked in the evenings, this is the first book I read in two years.