The Awkward Years
Oh my...I can't believe I’m actually going to share some of these but it's a good reminder for me to see the transition I went through over the years and WHOA...what a difference.
I was one of those "ugly ducklings"...I wasn't cute in a traditional sense and definitely annoying. Every time I was around the elders in my family, I managed to irritate a couple of the adults. Even as a child, I felt grown-ups favored my brother and cousins over me because they were considered cuter.
A Birthday to Remember
Some of you that follow me on social medial have seen my photos/videos/snaps, which, prompted many to ask, "Why Greece?" Well, for one, I've wanted to go since I was a teenager. Photos I'd see on postcards as a teen took my breath away. The views, the beautiful white buildings, and sunsets really fascinated me and I’d think to myself, "I'm going there one day." I waited over 20 years but it was worth the wait (see the photos I took below).
By the way, I’ll be writing separate pieces following this blog - a more, in-depth look to our trip and one centered on our hotel so be on the lookout for those announcements!
Just a little tangent...something I noticed of the people of Greece was how very sweet they were under their gruff exterior and it reminded me a lot of my late grandfather. It was the way he spoke when he was still with us. The feeling in Greece was somewhat bittersweet for me as it made me feel closer to him in some way.
Also, when the Greek speak English, it sounds like a cross between Filipino and Italian accents so I could understand a lot of what they were saying - it almost made me feel like I was home! Meanwhile, my husband was nodding his head, pretending he knew what was being said. LOL!
The best place to lay out is on the top deck, in front of the steering wheel - you get the best view...
I really didn't expect much but it was probably the best day spent and it was surprising how much fun it was (though, it could've been just the group we were with)!
Being by the water felt so relaxing...it was PERFECT! We met some really awesome people (my husband and I got our palms read by one of the women in our group and it was so scary-cool how spot-on she was); we ate some really great, fresh food cooked on-board by the crew; I got to swim in the ocean with a few of the others who helped me feel comfortable in the water; and we ended the day with a little dance party until we docked. Other yachts we passed were feeling our vibe!
Needless to say this trip was a great start to turning the BIG 4-0. Some people think 40 is the start of old age. I think, if you allow your mind to think that way, then you're asking for it...I’m not sure how but your body seems to break down slowly. I’ve seen the difference between people who seem to give up and make all sorts of excuses & people who decide to live a life they love and their zest for adventure is inspiring. Of course I’m going to choose to live like the latter!
Getting older is not bad at all and I really do think it’s how one looks at things. Everything you see on the outside shows how you've lived - wrinkles mean you laughed, grey hair means you cared, and scars mean you went through some tough shit but came back up! LOL...On the inside, you are wiser and start to accept yourself for who you are and whatever imperfections you may have. You have no time for all the BS and petty people around you.
It's a time to celebrate a new chapter of your life!
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