I’m ba-a-ack!
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.

80-year old dad hiking on his birthday in Mammoth Lakes
Dad loved the trekking poles he got for his 80th birthday!

Brief Surgery Update

My Knee Scooter

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.

Narrow paths to the action.

“My father raised me to think independently and follow my own path in life.” Antony Garrett Lisi

Daddy and Daughter at the beach

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).

Hans teaching windsurfing
Hans teaching windsurfing to a friend’s son.

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.

not all those who wander are lost
Take a dirt path to leisure
Tuolumne Meadows high country, Yosemite
Curiosity Leads to new Paths Quote
What to do at the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

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

  • Please create a new post for the theme.
  • Title your post a little differently than mine.
  • Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post.
  • Entries for this theme can be shared all week. Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

Special note: Due to ongoing problems with pingbacks not consistently working on WordPress, please also leave a link to your Sunday Stills post in the comments section of this post.

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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89 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: Veering off the #Path

  1. Heal quickly…rest is smart.
    I love where you have taken this theme. I’m always preaching to my kids/grand kids about paths. I haven’t decided yet what i will post, perhaps I will follow your lead. 😉

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  2. Glad you are getting around and healing well, Terri!!
    It’s good we all are able to go down different paths. Sure we’d love it if we could share with our loved ones, but we are all so unique. And that’s what makes life so fun.

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      1. 🙂 Yay to healing and so glad you’re back in the saddle, so to speak. Take it easy and give your body time to heal — there is a lot for your body to get over and patch together (literally) and process (literally) …

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  4. Welcome back Terri – hope your report is a good one and that your recovery continues to accelerate. As for paths, mine led me to this beautiful island and a return to the photography I long-loved before my career got in the way. Nice to be back in love with life!!

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  5. Fabulous post and photos Terri, we were indeed on a similar path when writing our posts weren’t we? I considered many of the quotes you also used but love the one about taking a dirt path every now and again. I love the passion for windsurfing you both have and enjoy your enthusiasm. Hope you are recovering well from your surgery. Here’s my link just in case the pingback doesn’t work. Thanks again for the opportunity to share some favourite paths https://debs-world.com/2019/06/16/what-path-are-you-on-at-the-moment-is-it-smooth-bumpy-or-non-existent/

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  6. I really like John Muir’s quote, encouraging us to go off the beaten path! Our path has been unpredictable and that’s what I love. Often, the day ends at the end of a dirt trail, boondocking in nature. And, Mark and I just started a new path in a way. More about that later.

    Wonderful theme and great interpretations Terri! And, I’m glad you’re well over the hump and recovering nicely. Wishing you a quick and uneventful path to recovery! 🙂

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  7. It’s always amazing to see how you weave the theme into your life. The quotes are all perfect for the theme, but the one that touched me the most was, not all who wander are lost. Now that we’re about to be homeless wanderers for awhile.

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  8. All the best for your recovery from surgery. I never knew there was such a thing as a knee scooter but it makes sense! It’s interesting the different interpretations of ‘paths’ and I enjoyed reading yours in this post! 🙂

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  9. Happy to read your surgery went well and that you’re on the mend, even if you’re still on the knee bend route for a bit more. Those little knee perching wheelie things are intriguing to me. But lifesavers in this stage. Your photos and quotes are wonderful for the prompt. Cheers to a guy who can explain how-tos with a beer in one hand and sail in the other. I agree with you on the last photo – I wonder what the guy was thinking!? I wish you a continued speedy recovery!

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    1. I just got my real cast yesterday and am in it for 5 weeks! I’ll have an update on Sunday. No weight bearing at all, so scooter is my new appendage, still not a fan of crutches. But if I go out into my front or backyards I have to use them. Soon I can look back on this and breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks, Shelley ❤

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      1. Yay – 5 more weeks of discovering how strong you are at adapting to changes and persevering to a goal! You’ll rock the rest of the journey, that’s for sure!

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  10. Well that was a LOT of comments! I finally found the next spot and just wanted to say that I’m glad you’re recovering well from your foot surgery – and I expect a photo of you using your scooter when you write your surgery post! Also loved all the water and windsurfing pics – nice to see your husband showing off his 2nd greatest love (I’m sure you’re his first!)
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

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  11. I’m happy to hear that you are healing and listening to your body in the process. Thank you for the lovely quotes and images. #MLSTL

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