#383: What is Your ideal Life?
Monday, July 26, 2010
At least once we all have pondered what we consider to be our ideal life. I was reminded of mine tonight at dinner as I talked with the waiter who said he wants a cabin in California with floor to ceiling windows that would provide views of the ocean and mountains.
For me, I have long dreamed of having a mountain cabin with sweeping views of mountains, valleys and lakes as well as having a beach cottage along the shore.
Both engage my yearning for a relaxing and inspiring environment, something other than the same house across the street I have looked at for far too many years. In my ideal life there would be income to pay the bills and to cover the cost of travel. As much as I love my two pet dogs and three pet cats, ideally I would have perhaps one dog and be physically capable of taking it for walks through the forest and along the water's edge at the beach.
I would relax by listening as much to the sounds of the woods as I would the silence of the hills and the splash of the water as the tides break on the shore. I would meditate on the vastness of the mountains and the oceans and the grandeur they both offer.
In my ideal life I would be a successful author who would attend a few book signings a year and give seminars on writing, thus fulfilling my creative side. I would also take classes to see if I have any talent at drawing or painting, enough at least to produce a picture that someone could look at and identify.
I would have certain cafés or diners I would frequent and where I would have intellectual discussions about the world and life with other patrons, places where we could sit for hours without feeling we were overstaying our welcome. Sort of like the theme song to the TV sitcom "Cheers" that touts "where everyone knows your name."
I would spend time visiting friends and relatives and attending church and simply trying to enjoy a creative, fulfilling, enjoyable life.
There are likely other aspects of my ideal life that would present themselves if I put my mind to it, but this presents a good image of how I think I would like to live, as least for the moment.
The realty? These dreams are probably not ever going to come to pass, but we never know, do we? Isn't it better to have dreams, no matter how far-fetched, than to never dream at all?
What would your ideal life be like?