Hello. I am Kate. At almost 70 years old, it came to mind recently that it was time, maybe beyond time, to finally fulfill my lifelong dream to live in France. Whoa! This is bold, scary, exciting, and RIGHT. Yes, it feels right. The thought landed in my dan tien/center/solar plexus with a Yes!, and from there I just started to move forward with it.
It is one year hence and I am only months from possibly leaving on my adventure! I declared to my business partners that I was Capital R Retiring! Never thought I’d say that word! Retirement was not on my radar. I would continue to practice acupuncture as long as I could stand at, or wheel around the treatment table in my office. I would work part-time until…I didn’t.
I have been an acupuncturist for almost 25 years, beginning that career at 41. After 2 failed marriages to the same man, 2 children, and no marketable skills, I went back to school to study acupuncture which I had been receiving as a patient for almost 20 years at that point. Three years later, I was starting a career, building a practice, while raising my 2 small daughters. My parents were helping me to manage it all, and then, one year into the program, my mother died after a brief illness of 9 months. Life was HARD, and I learned through my acupuncture program, that life IS hard, and we all just need to take the first step…every day. As the old Chinese proverb says, “A journey of 1,000 miles, begins with the first step.” I was on my way.
Fast forward to the present. Next adventure, please! For me, every decade has brought new challenges, new pleasures…and new possibilities. Emily Dickinson said, “Dwell in possibility,” and I have tried to live by that. We must believe that there is never just one way to look at something, or one way to accomplish something, or one way to think of something. It is our thoughts about any situation that create our disappointment, pleasure, hopefulness or despair. We can choose our thoughts. We can change our thoughts. Therefore, we can change our experience.
So, it’s time to plunge in. France is calling. I am answering the call this time…after hearing it for over 50 years! Please join me as you wish, have time for, or are able on my adventure. I hope to maintain this blog, telling of the ups and downs, successes and failures that any new adventure will bring, especially at this time of life. My promise is to be honest, open and vulnerable. Will you come along?
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