I enjoyed a beautiful drive this week. I had the road mostly to myself, except the election candidates who emerged from the bushes here and there, individually or in threes. The hazy sun gave that beautiful, drawing-like look to the fields and castle ruins, my favorite Lyric FM played Claude Debussy, and I had everything planned for the day, and even for the day ahead.

When I was getting ready for my appointment, I got a voice mail from a stranger. She informed me that a friend of mine had a stroke.

I inherited this friendship after my dear friend Ruby passed away from cancer. We exchanged text messages, and sometimes met for a meal. I visited them as often as I could, which wasn’t too often. Them, that is Bob and Trevor.

Trevor loves photography, and some of his images are simply amazing. He and his father used to travel a lot. Those days are gone.

I have been thinking of life lately, and it is not as if I didn’t already know it before, but I was hit with that thought again –  life is too short.

What is the key to life?

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Be curious like a child

Don’t be afraid to be alone

Embrace ageing

Don’t miss the beauty in every single moment.

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The pink morning light did last just a few moments. A daredevil friend and I went to this photo shoot just before the storm hit the coast.  Something to remember. Something to be happy about, even though life is so short it is frightening.

PS I wrote about Bob in this blog two years ago. Please, send him healing thoughts. Trevor needs him.

inesemjphotographyHave a wonderful Sunday!


  1. Sometimes I feel as if I’ve been around forever, but then I think of all the things I still need to do and there’s not enough time. Just live each day 🙂 Love your pink light.

  2. I totally agree with your answer to the question regarding the key to life. Your phrase ‘Be curious like a child’ is lovely. To a child, everything about life is fascinating, and learning new things and having new experiences fills him/her joy. So it follows that if we continue to do that throughout life, instead of developing complacency and disinterest in what is going on around us, we’d be happier people all round.
    As for ageing, I can’t say it bothers me over much. I admit I’m lucky enough to enjoy good health, so have nothing to complain about at the moment. But who knows what the future might bring? Which makes your final point even more important: ‘Don’t miss the beauty of every single moment’.
    A thoughtful and thought-provoking post, Inese, and I really hope your dear friend, Bob, recovers from the stroke.

    1. Thank you Millie! These little things can improve quality of life if practiced daily. Walks, trips, free internet classes – everything for a curious mind. Changes of light and seasons, historical landmarks and natural objects – just everything. And people! Just walk outside and smile to a stranger, or help out if there is an opportunity to help. Every thing that makes you feel good enriches your life. No room left for regrets.

      1. I couldn’t agree more with everything you list here, Inese. I haven’t tried the free internet classes yet, but I’m sadly in need of them!

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