Something is happening. I don’t know exactly what, but… something.
I’m one of those people who listens for guidance, from God, the universe, my inner self – wherever. There are often signs all around us, but we’re too busy or blind to notice them. Lately, however, I haven’t been able to ignore the fact that something is happening.
I’ve never been a “bucket list” sort of person. I accept the adventures in life as they come. Sure, there are a few things I’d like to do someday, but it’s a short list. Yet, within this last year, things have been happening and coming to pass, and I find myself asking why. Why now? Why all at once?
Three things that I’ve always wanted to do are: experience skydiving, get a half-sleeve tattoo, and see the great Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli live in concert. (Yes, nothing earth-shattering. No mountain climbing or swimming with sharks here. I enjoy simple pleasures.)
I never thought I would realistically see Bocelli ever, as he travels the world so much and tickets to his performances can be astronomical in price. Yet, a few months ago, an American tour was announced and I was able to purchase tickets to his concert in Boston this coming December. I still can’t believe it. To me, it will be an experience of a lifetime.
Then, I put in $10 on a tattoo pool at a studio where I’ve had work done (squares were $5 each), for the chance to win $1,000 in ink – and I won. I was able to get a half sleeve worth over $750 – a lot of money I would never have spent on ink otherwise. But now I have it (and it’s freaking awesome).
One day, while scrolling through Facebook, I saw that a former coworker was taking part in a challenge to raise money for a local veterans’ organization. The goal was to raise a minimum of $1,000 and then do a tandem-style skydive. I thought it was a great opportunity to raise money for veterans AND finally get to skydive. And I did it.
So, why didn’t any of these things happen last year, or the year before? Is the universe trying to tell me something? Is something going to happen to me, that I should be given the opportunity now to do all these little things I’ve wanted to do in a short period of time? I don’t know. I couldn’t possibly know. But I do know enough not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
Nine years ago, on the day we found out my mother wouldn’t survive the cancer that was taking over her body, she said through her tears, “Don’t wait. If there’s something you want to do, do it now. Don’t wait until ‘someday’.” I never forgot that.
So, until I come to understand what’s happening, if it’s anything other than plain good fortune, I’ll continue to embrace this life as long as I’m breathing, and be thankful for and humbled by the experiences and adventures that come my way. I’ll remember to tell those who are important to me that I love them, and that I’m grateful to have them on my journey. And I’ll remember that life is so short, and to live it as fully as possible.