Passions that Consume the Soul

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Well, we are back from our month-long adventure! I wanted to blog every day on it, but the internet was way sketchier than I anticipated. But it was such an amazing time!  If you were able to follow me on my Facebook or Instagram? I posted some pictures. This was one of those trips that definitely stirred my soul! Travel often does that to me, but this trip did it even more! I loved being immersed in the South American culture, trying out my Spanish (it wasn’t good!), tasting the food (it was good!), watching the dancing…it was magical! I could definitely spend more time there. But like everywhere, you can easily see the struggles that their citizens face. But it was magical to visit. The scenery of Chili, Southern Argentina, and the tip of Antarctica? Breath taking. And the Drake passage? It was rough and left many in their rooms for the evening, but overall, it wasn’t that bad. Maybe on a smaller ship it would be. And when I saw my first iceberg? I flipped out! Taking many pictures, acting like it would be the only picture I would be able to take of an iceberg! (It wasn’t). And the silence? The silence of this trip? Where there are very few people but scientists on the land? It’s something I cannot describe! It was very spiritual. Unless you went out on the bow of the ship. Then it was chaotic and crazy! So, I stuck to our balcony.

I was very amused by the choices in clothing as I was rolling up my sleeves (no idea if that means I am for sure perimenopausal) while others were in snow suits, parkas, ski boots, hats, and gloves. I was laughing, thinking it would be amusing to go out on deck in a swimsuit. I did not! But that would definitely have been worth a photo and video.

I sang my heart out every night for karaoke, meeting all my karaoke soul mates on board the ship. We had so much fun, and I was re-ignited with my love and passion of singing. Yes. I know… it’s just karaoke, but it was so much fun performing, watching people stop passing through to watch me and to feel like a star on the ship! Ridiculous? Maybe. But it reminded me of something still there even though I thought it had passed. My soul felt so full when we left.

We do that as, adults. We just let our old passions fade, believing that we are too old. But who decided that? The media? Our parents? Our friends? Where did we get the idea that as we get older, we can no longer pursue our passions? Listen. Study after study is showing that most men and women don’t even reach the height of their success util after fifty, many not even until their sixties! I’m watching people START their careers and their best life journeys in their mid-forties! It’s unbelievable! The idea that we are past our prime in our thirties is outdated and being proven wrong by both human experiences and science. And I love it!

My passions? Singing (performing), writing, working out, DANCING!, rescuing pups…What are yours? Tell us in the comments and tell us what prevents you from starting now. I challenge all of you to go deep into your soul, listen to that childlike voice that tells you, I WANNA DO THIS!” and challenge yourself to just start. I’ll do it with you! Let’s go!

Namaste!

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