Since my move to the beautiful and isolated Ocracoke Island I’ve become less interested in technology. My iPhone used to be an item I used frequently throughout the day, now I find myself taking bike rides to the beach to settle into seclusion, away from both physical and virtual social contact.
I’ve loved the abrupt change from living in a crowded city that required hours of commuting on a busy subway train daily to living in a small village where you don’t “commute” you spend less than 10 minutes riding a bike into the village and rarely come in contact with any people. It’s nearly been 4 full months since my arrival and while my initial goal was to write more, I’m glad I took some time to simply “be” and enjoy a laid-back lifestyle after a hectic and difficult 2012. Now that I’ve rested I’m ready to jump back into blogging, to be in touch with what so many of my fellow bloggers have been talking about these last couple of months, to comment and be a part of the community. I’m excited to share with you all my island experiences from the beautiful images I capture of sunsets and the ever changing beach, to the comical stories of my reactions to large insects and biking accidents. I hope readers will follow me into 2013 as I maintain my weight loss and learn more and more about the beauty of the island.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.-Marcus Aurelius
I haven’t posted a daily quote in weeks! September was a month of traveling for this wanderer; the beginning of the month my father traveled from Cleveland Ohio to New York City and back to relocate me and my belongings to my hometown, then I visited family in Columbus before I moved to Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. I’m privileged to have so much love and support from family and friends and I decided to search for quotes about privilege.
Today’s quote was said by a philosopher who was also known as the last of the “Five Good Emperors” of Rome. I liked the quote and remembered reading his work “Meditations” several years ago. I chose the quote because it serves as a reminder that thinking, enjoying, and loving are all privileges that some aren’t able to experience in a free and safe environment. Despite the challenges in our lives, in our countries, in our families, or in our work appreciation is the best response. What do you appreciate today? How can you show that appreciation in your actions and words today and everyday? During my weight loss I found that focusing on small successes instead of failures helped me maintain my focus and positivity. Find something simple to celebrate today, motivate yourself to keep moving forward!