This week’s Sunday Stills theme is “paths.” When I think of a path, my literal brain takes me to pathways, roads, and trails. As we celebrate Father’s Day in the U.S. this Sunday, I think of how my own father blazed trails in our leisure lives and set in motion the way we choose and experience leisure.
Brief Surgery Update
This month I have veered sharply off my normal path, but this temporary path is helped along by this knee scooter as I continue my recovery from foot surgery. The surgery went as expected and I was well taken care of by the surgical team. Although I experienced pain during the first two days, five days after surgery, the pain diminished to where I no longer needed the prescribed pain meds. I still take ibuprofen for swelling but the pain is rated as 1 out of 10. By the middle of the afternoon, I do feel a little fatigued as I know my body is healing and focusing energy toward that process.
I have a post-op doctor’s appointment this coming Tuesday and I am anxious to know how things are progressing. I’m hoping for a walking cast ASAP, so I can begin a new path to normal. More about my surgery experience to come.
Thank you to Hugh Roberts for hosting Sunday Still on June 2 and 9th while I recover from foot surgery. I appreciated your good wishes and enjoyed your comments about your own experiences!
On With the Challenge
“When the path ignites a soul, there’s no remaining in place. The foot touches ground, but not for long.” ― Hakim Sanai
I love this quote, for this is the moment where your path meets your passion. My husband found windsurfing as a passion in his early 40s. The quest for places in which to sail has taken him on paths I’m sure he would never have thought existed. From the Sacramento River Delta, meandering northward to the windy Columbia River Gorge in Oregon, all the way south to La Ventana, Baja, Mexico, these paths toward windsurfing are just the first steps on the rest of the world’s paths for fun and leisure.
“My father raised me to think independently and follow my own path in life.” Antony Garrett Lisi
As much as we both would love to instill the love of windsurfing into our respective adult children, this is not the path they would choose for themselves. As a father, Hans is content to enjoy his daughter’s company.
When you are passionate about something, especially your leisure choices, sharing that love may take the form of teaching other parents’ children the ins and outs of windsurfing as shown here. (Even with a beer in one hand).
Perhaps you are seeking the right path for you. We all search and discover that path’s change, diverge or simply end. I will leave you today with some quotes and images.
Perhaps my favorite is this image of a man surrounded by kite-surfers and stand-up paddleboards. His attire and posture seem to project his desire in contemplating a new path. He may have been a windsurfer before and is experiencing the nostalgia of days gone by.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Where do the paths take you in your own life?
Sunday Stills Reminders
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I am glad to be back and hope you can celebrate Father’s Day with an important man in your life!
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