I have had the pleasure of visiting family in the Ottawa-Gatineau area these past several days. I have been out and about, enjoying the walking and biking trails, venturing across bridges between Ottawa and Quebec, stopping at Bates Island along the way, snapping photos and getting some fresh air and exercise.
Tonight, I am beyond excited about watching the fireworks as they explode behind the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill.
Celebrating anything has always been an exciting part of my life. I love birthdays, holidays, special occasions, community events, parades and especially – fireworks. Celebrations are usually opportunities to be with family or friends, doing something positive, hanging out together and engaging in activities that are meant to be joyful. Joyful is good.
Even though life can be complicated, difficult, sad, frustrating, depressing, confusing, worrisome, painful or tough, it is still important to get out and celebrate at every turn. Celebrating is like shaking off of the dust, putting aside our problems, making a decision to enjoy a few moments of bliss, in the midst of the struggles. Celebrating is deciding to focus on the positives, shift our attention away from the negatives and make a determination that there is always something to be grateful for.
As I have been adventuring and exploring near the capital of Canada, I am grateful for the fact that there is so much activity here. The pathways and parks and beaches are full of people, day and night. There are cyclists by the hundreds, families venturing out in groups, children playing on swings, baseball games at 8am, joggers, hikers and more. It is exciting to be among people who appreciate and embrace the outdoors and recreational activities, enjoying the summer weather.
Although today appears to be a day where many are going to have stay indoors, in the comfort of cool air conditioning or fans, I am headed out for an early morning walk before the temperature soars to 34 degrees (with the humidity apparently going to make it feel like over 42 degrees). I will use this day for reading, journaling, collaging, organizing, and planning my life around other opportunities to celebrate life and all that it has to offer.
I choose celebrations because life is very short. We have an undetermined span of time to pack it all in. We are burning through our 24 hours each and every day, never to be experienced again. Those hours turn into days and into weeks and into months and then into years of our lives. We are the creator of those hours. We get to determine what that life looks like. We are in the driver’s seat of our lives.
On that note, I am looking forward to prepping for my impromptu birthday trip from Ottawa to Newfoundland next weekend. With a Porter seat sale and Airbnb, I am almost all set. I celebrate life whenever I can, when there are things to celebrate, when there are is no specific reason to celebrate and even when life is full of difficulty. I hope that you all do as well.
Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians today and Happy Independence Day to my family and associates in the United States this week. Let the fireworks begin!
‘The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.’ ~ Oprah Winfrey
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