I started this Blog just over two years ago. One of the reasons I started it was because I had been advised to give up work. You see, after being cancer-free for 6 years, I found out that this awful disease had returned.
As travel had been my job and life for such a long time, I decided to try my hand at writing about my personal travels, past and present. This turned out to be a great decision as it has become a wonderful outlet for me. Sharing my stories, hearing your comments and sometimes or hopefully more than sometimes, even inspiring my readers to get out and go travel has given me a certain sense of satisfaction.
Another reason for the Blog was so that I could try to take a moment is this hectic lifestyle that we have all so become accustomed to, to write down my thoughts on “WHAT ACTUALLY MAKES ONE HAPPY”. Are we confused about what makes us happy, can we actually remember what makes us happy? Unfortunately, I did not get very far with these deeper thoughts…. my travel stories simply took over…..
Looking back at my Blog and reading through my initial “About me” transcript, I could not help smiling thinking back to that day when I decided to call my Blog “Hapidayz”.
2013 has certainly not all been “happy days and happy nights” as I struggled through a further 6 months of chemo, learned to administer injections to myself, had blood transfusions and the worst of all, found out what true PAIN is all about. But, these experiences have actually made it much easier to understand “ WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY”
It’s not rocket science, it’s really the simple things in life each day that make one happy.
So, with this in mind, here are:
SIX experiences that made me very HAPPY this year.
- Hearing that my son, Craig and his fiancé, Michaela were coming back to live in South Africa. He had been living overseas for nearly 10 years! What an amazing “Hapidayz” moment to have him back. And, the longer he stays, the more hapidayz I have!
- Seeing the heart- stopping beauty of the Namib Desert and watching the huge herds of game in the Etosha Game Reserve. Namibia had been on my bucket list for a long time but there always seemed to be something that came up and it would be placed on the backburner….. not this year, not even in the middle of chemo, I was determined to see that dream through – 10 unbelievable “Hapidayz” shared with hubby and our close travel buddies, Kevin and Pat. Wonderful Hapidayz memories!
- Southern France – three glorious weeks of “Hapidayz” moments….. the countryside of this area is just so relaxing to the eye and the mind, I love the formal greetings of the shop attendants and the friendliness of the people of Southern France, very different to the “normal” French. The well marked country roads – “HapiDayz” is never getting lost and we only use old fashioned maps….the beautiful boxes of geraniums and petunias and of course the markets and, don’t forget the food, especially the bread, “Oh Hapidayz” :) Now, when I am having a bad day, I can simply close my eyes and let my mind roll over all those Hapidayz and I immediately feel better.
- Being involved in assisting with a local charity – this wonderful day care school closeby to where I live and which I have become involved this past year has given me so much joy. The conundrum of life is that we all feel like we should be giving something back to society but, we also really expect something back…even if it’s joy, we still expect to get something back. I have found, with difficulty that when one gives without any selfish motives, then only does one gain the best “hapidayz moment”. It’s not easy to get your head round this, but give it a go, “Hapidayz” could be around the corner.
- Moving to a new area has given me the opportunity to make some amazing new friends. That does not mean that I will forget my old friends. One can never replace one friendship with another. A lifetime of “hapidayz” moments with friends is something to cherish and reminisce about. This saying however by Albert Schweitzer is very true: In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” That explains exactly what new friends have done for me this year.
- Last, but not least, my very close family – my husband and two amazing children. Every extra day that I have to enjoy their companionship, generosity, kindness, joy, enthusiasm, wisdom and love, those are all “Hapidayz” – I cannot imagine what life would be without my family. “Hapidayz” moments are watching my children’s relationships extending into new daughters and sons – yes, there is a wedding on the horizon – “Hapidayz are definitely here again” – perhaps even grandchildren?? Okay….we won’t get too carried away
Life is short “Do what makes you happy” but, you better make pretty sure you know what it is that makes you happy! What makes you happy?