Category Archives: Introspective

On Summer… and upcoming Autumn

It’s been some time since I’ve written, Summer is closing in on its last few weeks and as I look back on what has been a tumultuous Summer, I can only hope that the Autumn brings some much needed emotional rest. My plans are simple really, enjoy the Fall colours, meet with some friends and simply enjoy the more simple things in life and get back in touch with nature. You would think Summer would have been good for that, but in fact what happens more often than not is our Summers get so busy. So although everything starts back up in the Fall, busy with children going back to school, and businesses ramping up for the upcoming busy holiday season, I usually sit back and actually take a breather and calm down. So here’s to the upcoming Fall and saying good-bye to Summer 2017, one that for reasons I can’t go into this blog, will go down as one of the most memorable on record for yours truly.

On loss and putting things in perspective

A little more than a week ago I had written about the Montreal auto show and slipped in a short one-sentence mention about it being an emotional day. Most of you know that this had nothing to do with the auto show. In fact what happened in the wee hours of that morning is that a friend of a friend had passed away. I didn’t know this person well only having met them briefly over a coffee at my friend’s place. I found them to be funny, warm and welcoming even though at the time they were having to deal with a life-ending illness. At that time it didn’t hit me so much as here was this vibrant person, laughing and having a good time, but when I heard that they had passed away and at the same age as myself it hit me hard, in fact still hitting me hard. It’s forced me to put some things in perspective and concentrate on what is important in life. It’s not always easy, humans are funny that way, even when faced with our ultimate demise and fate we still choose paths that are at worst destructive and at best do not have our best interest at heart. This is what has been happening to me of late, I know that I should approach life with a certain sense of perspective and taking note of things that are really important, yet I often fall into old habits and give weight to things that are really not all that important. I do hope to be able to improve on this in 2017.