Share Your World – 2015 Week #6

February 11, 2015 at 9:46 am | Posted in Gratitude, Writing | 5 Comments
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 Here we are again with Cee’s challengeShare Your World Week 6

 

What was the last time you went to a new place?

Just last week, actually. I wrote about it and posted photos last Friday of our ferry ride to Manly, on the north side of Sydney Harbour. It was a place I had never been to and a ferry ride I’d never taken.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels, other? And what type of genre would you prefer?

I am a writer. I love to write, and have written, all those forms and others – poetry, short stories, novels, memoir, biography, essays. Although my novels tend to be historical, and aimed primarily at middle grade and young adult, I am not necessarily limited by genre. My short stories cover a range from contemporary to slightly paranormal to historical. My poetry is about real life and feelings, nature, the act of writing, and occasional humour.

Out of your five senses (touch, taste, sight, smell, hearing) which is your favorite?

All of our senses are windows to the world, and I don’t know that any one is my favourite. They each give me a different perspective that I would lose if that sense were not there. But if I go by the sense that I would least like to lose, I’d say sight. How awful to be unable to see my grandchildren as they grow up, to not see the trees and birds, the sweeping plains and sky, the sea and the mountains that I love. However, I would hate to lose any of my senses – I already suffer some hearing loss, but I hope it never goes completely.

If 100 people your age were chosen at random, how many do you think you’d find leading a more satisfying life than yours?

I would say hardly any of them. Although we are not well off financially and we have a few health problems, we have everything we need to enjoy a full life. We may not be able to travel widely, have a big house and car, or buy whatever we want, but we have a wonderful family, friends we care about, and we can take short holidays in our little camper van. We also have interests that stimulate us and keep us active and aware. We lead a simple but satisfying life.

Of course, there are things we would like to do and places we would like to see. We see many of our friends doing some of those things. But we accept that, for us, they are out of reach. It is that acceptance that probably ensures we are content – indeed, more content – with life than most other people.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week, I was able to catch up with a friend for lunch, and we spent two hours sharing, catching up and supporting each other.

Later this week, we will be on our way to a week’s holiday in our national capital and along the coast. We will also see a daughter and grandchildren, and perhaps other family members, siblings, as well.

(c) Linda Visman

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  1. Have fun this week!! Thanks ever so much for sharing with us this week. 🙂

  2. Another great post, Linda. Reaching that acceptance that some things are now out of our reach is a sign of wisdom. It makes contentment achievable and liveable. Where will you stop along the way down the coast next week? We loved Shell Harbour and had a wonderful few nights there right on the beach. Enjoy 🙂

    • I hope I have achieved at least a little wisdom along life’s journey. 🙂
      I think we will be mostly travelling inland, Linda, and then go across the mountains from Canberra to the coast. It depends on how energetic we feel whether we take less or more days to travel north again..
      Shellharbour has been a favourite place of mine since I was a child. We used to go either there or Kiama to the beach. In the last couple of years when Dad was failing, I spent quite a bit of time on the beach and the rocks at both places – it helped me to get through those times.

      • Oh, and we have stayed at the caravan park there, right next to the beach a few times too. 🙂

  3. I love ferry rides, but haven’t taken one in quite some time. Over Christmas I did go to a few new places when my daughter and her husband were visiting. I love going to new places!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out


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