The list of things I take for granted is very small, and growing smaller with each passing year.

In fact, i’m not sure what’s on it anymore.

By contrast, all of that which I don’t take for granted is growing ever longer.

My health.  My ability to exercise or compete. It’s been difficult watching RM deal with his injury, but I feel like I have a little experience with this frustrated injured athlete thing.

Time with Dwight. The future. Time in one location.

Being able to be licensed as an attorney. Finding a job commensurate with skills, education, and experience.

Being able to see and spend time with family. Asking my dad for help with the kind of things he’s good at helping with.

The certainly that friends will be there, whether physically or emotionally.

Not that I am being negative here: I’m not. What’s important is the reaffirmation that life is short. Tell your friends, family, and loved ones that you care about them. Make the most of each day – go do that hard thing you’ve been talking about doing. Act, plan, make it happen.

I am more determined than ever to live “not a pedestrian life” – to journey, to yearn, to act, to explore, to create, to make, to build up, to encourage, and to be kind. To embrace this hard earned life of mine.

Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting.

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Anna Blanch Rabe is an Australian-born speaker, advocate, writer and photographer currently living in Southern New Mexico. She is an attorney (non practicing) and the CEO of Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates, a communications consulting company which specializes in serving non profits, social enterprises and community-minded business. You can follow her adventures on Not A Pedestrian Life, or Facebook. For more domestic things take a look at Quotidian Home.


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