Sunday, September 11, 2011

An Excellent Weekend

9/10:

It's the night before 9/11.  I spent it watching an amazing sunset over Sullivan's Island beach not far from here.  Now I'm watching a show on the History Channel titled "Voices from Inside the Tower".  It's very powerful.

It includes many phone messages from people in the towers to loved ones telling "good-bye" as things deteriorated.  Initial calls were hopeful, but later calls were simple - I love you, tell the kids and my parents I love them, those kinds of things....

I can't help but wondering who I'd call in that situation.  I know I'd call my mom, my sister, and my brother first.  That's a no brainer.  But after that - not sure.  It's a very short list.  And even if I did know who I'd call I have no idea what I'd say.  How do you say good-bye for the last time on the phone?  I really don't know.  But regardless, it's very powerful.

Death seems to be a taboo topic, but I truly don't know how you can talk or think about life without also talking or thinking about death.  Ss far as I can tell, reminding ourselves that each of us will eventually run out of tomorrows is a very powerful motivator to make the most of the time between now and then.  That, to me, is truly the goal of life.  Whatever that means to each of us is certainly unique but I've got a long list of things I'd like to do between now and that day and I'm actively working to make those things a reality.  Not someday.  But someday soon.

I had a good day today.  It wasn't anything all that special, but then again I enjoyed it.  I did laundry at the laundromat.  I went to spinning class.  I did some shopping at Trader Joe's.  I went to the wrestling center.  As usual I took some photos with my iPhone, so I'll share some of them...

Sunset 9/9 - St. Michael's steeple from my backyard
Cruise ship in harbor shortly after sunrise this morning
The Wrestling facility where I'll be training in the coming weeks

This afternoon pup and I spent some time at the park

Sunset on the beach at Sullivan's Island
Self-portrait - Full moon over my shoulder
9/11:

Today was similarly as amazing as yesterday.  I did my 45 mile bike ride.  I spent some time at the beach.  I cleaned the kitchen, watched a little football and USA Open Tennis, and did a little shopping.  None of that is earth shattering but for some reason when you're in a good mood it seems to bring something extra to it all.  I'm in a great mood for some reason, and the entire weekend was great.  

2 comments:

Barbara place said...

Donna,
I don't know how you are able to do all of the things you do. I consider myself in very good shape and I feel great but at the end of the day, I'm pooped. God bless you.

Sophie Lynne said...

Death is part of life that while we can't know WHEN it will be, we can always be prepared:

1) Live life as if it were your last day
2) Make sure your loved ones know that you love them