This family of geese who paraded past my driveway one early summer morning seem to be the ideal metaphor for the idea of Living Life Large At Any Age. They had left the safe confines of the lagoon that was home and gone in search of who knows what: adventure? fresh sights? growth opportunities for the kids? more, different, better food? to get some exercise? to delight in the sights, sounds and smells that world has to offer?
We will never know. And yet there were two parents and 13 goslings moving with aplomb down a suburban street, regardless of the number of walkers, dogs, bicycles, cars or large trucks that they would have come across. They were busily communicating with one another. They seemed comfortable in exploring so far from home. I’d lived in that spot for years and this was definitely not very typical Canada Goose behaviour.
It tickled my fancy to see this little parade. This vignette reminded me of the big wide world that awaits me each and every day; it invited me to remember to live large wherever I am and whatever is happening in my life; to not settle for the quick, easy, routines of life; to always be an explorer in life. This feels like an important message at this time of my life. I’m an older woman, entering that time of life when most people think of settling deeper into the comfortable armchair of life, of giving up things that seem outrageous or at all dangerous, of being wise, decorous and supportive. Bugger that says every fibre of my being.
Get out and explore. Taste what life has to offer. Test your limits. Don’t settle for tried & true, easy and effortless, known and understood. Keep growing, stay fresh, be interested & interesting. As my friend Evelyn advises ‘age disgracefully’. Yeehaw is my response.
This blog is my place to keep track of who I am always in the process of becoming when I choose to live large. Because one thing I’ve learned is that if we don’t keep track of what is special in our life it is quickly forgotten. I hope my thoughts, opinions and musings help to inspire you to expect and demand more in your life too just like this goose family inspired me. I’m excited to see where it all takes me.