I’ve been thinking it might be time to put this blog to bed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still travelling back and forth to Pelee. Still finding peace and comfort in the calm that awaits me there. Still looking for the humour in botched ferry crossings, small rodent removal and home renovations undertaken in blistering temperatures. Or at least trying to. Travel, calm and humour will not be the words I think of when I look back on this past year and a half.
Like many people, it has been a time of introspect for me. I mean more than usual. I’ve always spent a lot of time in my head but more so since my mother’s passing in October 2019. With both my parents gone now, time and the passage of it, has occupied my thoughts. Throw in a year and a half of lockdowns, social distancing and Covid restrictions and I’m now ready to let loose. Time to let go of bad feelings, self-imposed limitations and outgrown values. It’s time to move on. And so, move on is what I’ve decided to do. This fall, at age 53, I will be attending university, a life goal that has been in the back of my mind for years.
I was only 17 when I decided to pursue a career in Interior Design. I followed a college path that led to a fulfilling career and a decent livelihood. I switched gears after having kids in order to spend more time with them and worked a series of part-time jobs. All the while, university was never far from my thoughts and periodically, the regret of not having attended, would rear its academic head. This past January after years of pondering, I concluded that I am not too old and it is not too late, but since life is short, I’d better get a-move-on. And so, I applied. I didn’t realise how much I wanted it until my acceptance letter arrived and I cried.
I imagine more crying will be on the horizon for me come September between attending lectures and completing assignments, deciphering university lingo and navigating new computer technology. It’s okay. I’m finally ready. And while I may no longer be writing about My Pelee Life, I’m sure my new Uni Life will fill that void. In fact, there’s probably a story there somewhere.
If you find you’ve got some time on your hands and want to start reading this blog and my Pelee Island journey from the beginning, you can do so here –
And for stories of my mainland life go to www.northendbreezes.com and enter my name in the search bar.