Just over a year ago I wrote a post on what I perceived was the conditions that created the post-balls-to-the-wall career state. I called it the Transitioned State and talked about creating new buckets of interests that employed your now reduced energy in a more full and enjoyable way.
Since we came back from Asia and had the post trip buzz, life has just been one wonderful ride. Work is great. I have just about the perfect client load and I'm bringing money to pay for travel (I really...no REALLY like making money...sorry...probably genetic) plus just about every client I'm working with I'm getting to do things that use the skills I enjoy with very little stress.
I am busy planning with Wife our next big trip. We are such a good team. I do the basic research. She reviews and adds a different viewpoint on each potential decision. We end up with pretty good itineraries. I find now that after so much time being back home that I'm hungry again for that travel experience.
I continue my exercise, spiritual, and writing activities. My cooking creativity goes into what we do on a daily basis and if not wildly grandiose is constantly focused on little creative things to change up what we eat on a daily basis. For example today I had some leftover tomato sauce so I sauteed zucchini, onions, tomatoes (all separately) layered them in casserole, put a layer of sauteed sausage (also leftover), a layer of tomato sauce, fresh basil leaves and some grated cheese. Put the whole thing in the oven for 20 minutes. Nice, balanced, not too much food. Tasty.
Wrapped around all of this is a state of extreme gratitude - an understanding that none of this is deserved, that you are blessed to have it and need to give thanks for that blessing. And finally an understanding that it is going to end. Not might. It is. Something is going to happen. Most likely health related. It's only a matter of time. So that gives the incentive to not just milk the joy out of each moment but to be fully aware of the joy that is coming from each moment.
Life is a long hard grind but when you are blessed and you get to be in the Transitioned State you sure the heck should be fully aware of it!