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Eye of the Optimist-nature walk

A day after a thunderstorm passed through, the sky was a clear blue and there was a fresh breeze this morning. So appealing was it that I took off on a mountain ramble by 8:30 a.m. It felt glorious to be out there. The sunlight was brilliant and the air felt alive. Do you get those days when the atmosphere is full of anticipation and power? 

I chose a less travelled path, which was so quiet that the deer were around. After I stopped to enjoy the pleasant forest sounds, I saw a deer bounding across the trail ahead of me. That was the first time since I've seen a deer in this area of this mountain. 

My emotional state was such a stark contrast from the previous two days when the storm was gathering and passing through. I was in an inexplicable anxious and blue state. I even started entering into nightmares while falling asleep, though I remember no bad dreams while sleeping. Today was quite different, however.

I guess I was also lifted by some good news yesterday. Although I'd received some negative news that the summer session class was canceled, my ego was boosted by the report of my grades for the online editing class: 100%. I feel very confident about my ability to edit professionally. The grades for the two courses I've taken so far ascertain that ability. My future looks bright.

Instead of feeling prepared and competent to manage my life going into my sixties, I now feel like a new career path is opening up. I can envision new adventures and successes ahead of me. I have come across such success stories of the 60+, even cases in which people have embarked upon a new career in the arts or business or education at an advanced age. Why not? Today there are new opportunities for seniors, and attitudes are changing. I might turn out to be one such positive case. I might even be living on a decent salary for quiet awhile yet. It is exciting.

I am looking forward to  moving up some more, so to speak. I'll be able to grow. I'll be able to find better working and living conditions, and more and more suitable company.

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