The other day I went to the doctor to get checked out again, a year, almost to the day from my surgery. He provided me with what I had hoped to hear. No cancer. No polyps. See you in 3 years!!!

As I get older, more and more of my friends, or acquaintances, are having different types of cancers, different phases of it, and their own personal battles of being faced with mortality. It was something that I never thought of as a kid, but something that I consider now … nothing that I fear, but something that I consider, especially when I think about putting something off … as if I get a guarantee that I’m going to be able to do it “later”.

I really don’t have a list of things that I have to get done before I die – to me, it’s just not important – that list. What is more important to me is just to enjoy everyday things, every day. To get the most enjoyment out of my life, whether it’s heading off to another country to visit and make new friends or just sitting quietly, watching the dust pass through the sunbeams, moved by the various air drafts and currents that exist in my house. Both, to me, are equally enjoyable in their own way.

Visits to the doctor are a thing, now. I think that this past year I had more visits to the doc than I have had in the past 10 years. I’ve come to accept that it’s kind of a new way of life. I need to keep on top of things, now that I’m not so young anymore.

Anyway, I’m just happy to be able to celebrate this milestone with this blog post. Believe it or not, I’m actually grateful for having had this experience. It gives me a little bit of insight.

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