Make New Good Memories

Make New Good Memories

Island Dreams, new painting, St John in my dreams

A Fall Equinox Pause to Remember and Make NEW Good Memories

Happy Autumnal Equinox, when the Sun crosses the Celestial equator, and every thing is equal. Earth is not tilted towards nor away from the Sun. It’s the midway mark between the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice. Equinox marks the Sun rising due East, and setting due West. For New England it marks the beginning of Fall. I pause too, to recollect my thoughts, get some balance back in life, and revisit some awesome memories. One of my favorites will always be St John, USVI.

Sometimes, on our great vacations, we’d return to the same house/condo, knowing where the best shops are, and continuing where we left off, immersing ourselves even deeper in local life. It’s like coming home. We’d leave pieces of ourselves, roots to call us back again. My husband left a favorite paperback, I’d work the same tropical puzzle as balmy breezes floated in through the French doors. Loading up and hitting the beaches was easy, maps not needed. Second visits are wonderful in a different way. Great memories Never die! So the above painting nearly created itself.

As images of deep blue waves, rolling green hills, and moss back turtles fill my heart, I found something else happening. The turtles and seagulls were moving out of the boundaries. The Spiral flowed within and without of the beautiful beach memory. Like the nautilus seashell, life, memories, and experiences continue on, growing, expanding, and enriching our lives. Each day is a chance to create New Good Memories. The French have a saying for this, ‘En avant’. Move forward, press on, keep on truckin.

My cousin just left on yet another trip of a lifetime. He’s always been like my older brother, married, and he and his wife often travel together, but also do solo trips. Even in his mid 70’s, he’s vibrant, healthy, and not stopping until he ‘runs out of gas’. He will spend this solo trip with 4 nights in London (seeing 3 plays), 1 in Colchester (the oldest town in Britain), 3 in Paris (a side trip to Giverny, Monet’s home), 2 in Normandy (Caen/Bayeux/Cherbourg,WWII lands), 1 at Mont St Michel, and back to Paris. How exciting! I can hardly wait to hear all about it!

Imagine yourself traveling solo on your trip of a lifetime. There is so much to do and see in life, no matter how many years lie ahead of us. This is the way to live, creating New Good Memories every day. One day we can write our memoirs, but at least by then, we’ll have something worth writing about. Here’s another great ‘making good memories’ story of a Florida man, traveling lightly, seeking adventures, and moving on, even at age 90. ‘En avant!’ And never stop until you run out of gas.

Beauty as far as the eye can see, with shimmering, unbelievable colors.
I once saw the full moon reflecting like this in Chocolate Bay.

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