Happy 46th Birthday to Me

I am 46 years old today. I'm celebrating my birthday from my home now in Xai-Xai, Mozambique.

When I look back at my old birthday posts, it is always fascinating to see how things have changed year over year. For example, last year, I was celebrating my birthday during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana. The year before, I celebrated with my darling Olaf in Charleston, South Carolina. For my 43rd birthday, I was living in Key Largo, Florida.

Here I am now with one grandson who is over a year old, and another grandchild on the way. I have moved from Cape Coral, FL to Fort Myers, FL to Key Largo, FL, to Charleston, SC. I have spent almost a month traveling the East Coast of the US from Charleston through New England, up to Canada, then back down to FL. I spent a month working in St Thomas, Virgin Islands. I have been in Mozambique, Africa almost a year now. In just a few short weeks, I will be visiting my sweet Olaf in Germany. 

I am reminded of the saying we have in the Peace Corps, The days are long but the time is short.

I find it hard to believe I have done so many things and lived in so many places in such a short time. I always laugh when people call me a gypsy, yet, I suppose that is exactly what I have become. I wouldn't change a thing.

Certainly, there are things I would like. I miss my children (and now grandchild!). I miss my family and would love to see my friends again. I miss air conditioning, charcuterie boards, wine sold by the glass and washing machines. I miss having my car and being able to go whenever I want without the hassle of public transportation.

What this has taught me, though, is just how little I need to be happy. My life is condensed down to a carry-on bag, and it feels great. I have been able to make friends from all over the world.

I also realize that time and distance mean nothing when you have love. Love does not dissipate just because you do not see someone for a long time. I do not love my family or friends any less just because I am not with them all the time. When we reconnect, it is like no time has passed. I cherish each moment with them.

I cannot wait to see what this year brings and am wildly curious about what my entry next year will say!

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