As I headed back from my trip to Miami, I found myself inspired to write, to tell you about the musings in my mind and my own journey to exploring health and happiness. The thing is that no matter where I am, whom I am with, or where I am going, there is usually something going on in my head or in my life that is not only interesting, but is also fodder for learning and growth.
As I write this now, I am heading home after spending 4 days in Miami Florida, working a little and relaxing a lot with my dear friend Venita. I wrote a few articles, had a successful meeting and otherwise, exercised daily, swam in the ocean, applied a lot of sunblock while relaxing at the pool, ate healthy and fabulous food, and best of all, spent a lot of time laughing and making new friends.
Though I am a very friendly person, I also often keep to myself, which can make for a relaxing get-away, but not necessarily one loaded with laughter. When I am with Venita though, friendly turns into fun, a sense of belonging, and a feeling that only good is yet to come.
You see, Venita is someone anyone could learn from. She lights up a room when she enters and makes anyone feel at ease. She has an insatiable desire to live life fully and is able to maintain the most positive attitude and open heart, despite the curve balls life has thrown her.
And believe me, life has thrown her some hard ones. Venita is a breast cancer victor (I am not a big fan of the term survivor as it doesn’t condone a sense of victory and accomplishment), a widower (having lost her husband to a motor cycle accident), and a mother of a disabled child. A banker by trade, Venita has also taken up learning a new language and works as a professional photographer, focusing helping non-profit organizations, athletes and musicians get their story out to inspire and help others.
Venita reminds me to get out of my head and stay in my heart. She reminds me to embrace life and people, because you never know who you may meet or what adventures might lie ahead. Truth is, for the most part, everyone is interesting, at least once.
When you open your heart to people and to life itself, life becomes more worth living. And if life is more worth living, are you more likely to make positive, healthy choices or not?