Sometimes, over the past year, the future has looked very cloudy, to me, making it hard to see very far ahead, or think clearly about a new direction in my life.
In the weeks since I attended the AARP Life @ 50+ Convention, in Los Angeles, I've walked along the beach, at sunset, in Newport Beach, and stood at dawn on the cliff overlooking the Newport Bay Nature Preserve, occassionally resting, and working on the story of my 2 days at the Convention, what I learned from it, the sessions attended, & 1 book I've been reading since that I believe will help guide me toward the rest of my life.
Yesterday was a clear day &, just as the sun was setting on this cool evening, and I stood on the highest point of land in all of Orange County, I couldn't help but believe that the sun was setting on the first half of my life (Below I look toward the distant Mt. Baldy, Pomona, Claremont, and Forest Lawn whre my parents are buried)...
and just as change is, I believe, in store for America, & the world, this coming Election Season (Below I am looking at the tall buildings of Downtown Los Angeles where some bizarre "Happening", called Occupy LA, has been busily disrupting the lives of ordinary Americans who work downtown, or are just passing thru, on whtever task they are engaged in.)...
my life is due for a change, maybe several changes, all for the better.
I've learned that my largest outstanding medical bill related to my Ankle Disaster, with St. Joseph's Hospital, was wiped off my slate when my application for financial aid went through, and was accepted in a way I didn't expect.
A week ago, Friday, I learned I was approved for MSI Medical Insurance, and this would mean that my other bill, with St. Joseph's Emergency, also large, will be taken care of in a month or so, because of that.
With only 2 bills left, that I must pay installments on, things are becoming manageable on this front.
My present life, since breaking my ankle last May, has been one filled with worry over my bills, and the proper healing of my ankle.
(Above I am looking out at most of North Orange County, from Fullerton south to Tustin, Irvine, Costa Mesa, & Newport Beach.)
At the same time I've been doing quite a bit of reading of several books I've bought for inspiration, and encouragement, and beginning to think about where do I want to go from here, once my ankle is completely healed.
In a week, or so, thanks to MSI, I will be able to begin Physical Therapy on the ankle and, with the ankle still 3 months away from supposely healing completely, this is a step in a positive direction.
Another positive step, I believe, was to attend the Geezer Con, and several thought provoking sessions being presented.
It was 2 days full of fun, and seriousness, a chance to take my mind off my troubles for a while, and just relax, and have a good time.
That is where my next post will begin, as you, and I, await the setting of the sun ( Yes, I have one more photo from the top of that hill. ;-D ).