by Laura Crum
As the year draws to a close, I always think about what I’m grateful for. And lots of it is obvious. My family, our home, our animals, my happy life. But I will admit, I sometimes fall into the trap of thinking my happy life is a bit, well, boring. I contrast my life with others, who seem to be doing much more, and I think that my own life, while peaceful and pleasant, is dull.
So today I really started to think of all that I have done in 2011. I started going through my photos. And I have to admit, it really opened my eyes. Suddenly it seemed as though I’d seen and done many memorable things. Maybe my life isn’t terribly exciting, but its beautiful.
In this post, I want to show you some of the lovely things I’ve been doing in the last year. I’m very grateful that these things have come my way. And I would encourage all of you to stop and look at your own photos and really take stock of what the year has brought you. Sometimes its pretty cool.
Here, in no particular order, are some things I did this year.
Swam in Lake Michigan at sunset.
Camped in the Valley of the Gods (and other lovely places in the Four Corners area) with my family.
Rafted down the Poudre River in eastern Colorado with my family.
Adopted a terrier Chihuahua cross puppy from the animal shelter.
Took many happy trail rides with my son on the trails near our home.
Listened to my husband play the bagpipes in various settings (here at our local cemetery on Memorial Day).
Looked at lots of petroglyphs with my husband and son (These are in the Ute Tribal Park, in the Four Corners Area, near the place we were allowed to camp, miles from anyone else.)
Rode on the beach with my kid and our friend, Wally.
Rode to the Lookout—two miles from our place, overlooking the Monterey Bay.
Visited the fields where my husband grows begonias.
Spent many happy hours looking at the world past my horse’s ears.
So there you have it. The list is far from complete, but it still makes me smile. Maybe my life isn’t so boring after all. Maybe my life is just perfect (for me). I hope you enjoyed the photos—I realize this is kind of a narcissistic blog post. But try this exercise yourself; you might like it. And I’d love to see the images you choose to represent your year.
Happy New Year’s Everyone! I have really enjoyed your comments and reading your blogs. Thank you to all of those who have connected with me over the past year. I wish you and yours all the best in the year to come.--Laura