“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.
When it is over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument.
I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”
This quote by Mary Oliver struck me today. Maybe it is why I feel so restless sometimes. Why I’m always stretching myself intellectually. Why I’m curious about the world and love to travel. I want to experience everything. If you’ve never lived in a small town you probably don’t realize the limitations. We have no museums, art galleries, coffee houses full of interesting people. There are not many stimulating events. It is not always easy to learn new things here. Despite that I try to find activities which will make my soul come alive. There is an occasional continuing education class at the University of Pittsburgh Bradford (this time I am signed up for two photography workshops). And in an hour and a half I can be to either Erie or Buffalo. I am seeking to fill my life with as much as I can for my Autumn is turning to Winter. I know some are so contented to be just where they are and love the place they are in. I am too to some degree. I love my home, my friends, my family. But just sometimes I want more.
How do you feel about that? Are you a wanderer or a homebody?