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. My best thoughts to Bob and Trevor. ❤ How wonderful for them to seek you out as a valuable friend!

    Such a warm and positive soul you are, Inese. xo, Rose

  2. An incredible post Inese ~ life is frighteningly short, but just as powerfully beautiful as well. You cover some of these incredible key areas of life, with my favorite being keeping the mind of a child whenever possible. Life has so much to explore, to see and to love – and it seems that children have the ability to see this all in abundance. Wishing you well.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, Randall. So much has been said about all of this, but personal experience always brings color to the common knowledge…
      I am glad that keeping the mind of a child is your favorite. It might sound like I have never grown up, but I see it in a different light. Children learn incredible amounts of information and skills in a very short time, and if I don’t let my natural curiosity fade away, the world will never seem bleak and my life pointless.
      Wishing you all the very best!

      1. So true, a child’s mind is always seeking. Always discovering. Always open to new possibilities and the flexibility to truly learn. Well said 🙂

  3. Hope your friend gets better soon > Love the pink sunset and yes > we should all value those fleeting moments of wonder. And why does time go faster these days? Blaaaagh!

  4. A very moving post Inese, so sad when illness strikes particularly when your friend Bob needs to be fit to care for Trevor. Life is indeed to short that is why we must embrace each and every moment, capturing its beauty, as you do so beautifully.

  5. I was sorry to hear about your friend’s stroke. My thoughts are with Bob and Trevor.

    I agree with you about life being too short. I was particularly struck by your point about enjoying the beauty of every moment. Life is a gift, and I shouldn’t let myself get too caught up in everyday trivialities to forget it.

    1. Thank you so much! We all know about the beauty of the world, and about enjoying every moment – all that trivial stuff. I know it all in theory, as everyone else, but do I practice enjoying every moment? Not at all, until I get a reminder – like that beautiful sunrise when I am lucky, or an illness, when I am not.

    1. Thank you so much, Diane, and I truly appreciate this thoughtful comment and your precious vacation time! I am so happy for you, and look forward to reading the holiday story 🙂 xx

  6. So sorry to hear about your friend. The photos on this page and the one you referee are so beautiful. Sending loving thoughts for Bob and Trevor!

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