photo: Dodger Insider
Here in the US, Labor Day weekend is the unofficial end of summer.
Kids are off to school, the daily “grind” of work resumes, and for many, vacation and holiday time is over.
Times like these, I am reminded of what legendary baseball announcer Vin Scully’s said on the day he broadcasted his last game after a 67-year career:
“Don’t be sad that it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
For me, this quote really hits home.
Two and half months ago, I was having emergency surgery to save my right eye.
Three weeks later, I was hiking through rainforests, jumping in waterfalls, biking up mountains, and was able to watch my wife participate in a traditional Costa Rican dance show.
The last six weeks have been an absolute blast.
On one hand, I’m disappointed that the summer is coming to a close. And that I’m saying goodbye to all these incredible memories.
So, I don’t want it to end, especially since I need to have yet another eye surgery in the next month or so.
While on the other hand, I’m deeply grateful and overjoyed that I was able to experience everything I did.
As crazy as it might sound, I even include the ordeal with my eye.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s been far from easy at times, but I still have a pulse and a heartbeat, right?
I’ve heard someone once say the nature of everything in the Universe moves in cycles.
The planet is always spinning. Energy is always being transformed and renewed.
Call it the seasons of life if you will.
So, when one chapter of your life comes to a close, it’s natural to feel sad that it’s ending.
But sometimes, we forget the ride itself has been a privilege. 🏄🏻♂️
As they say, as one door closes, another one is opening right around the corner. And perhaps, so something greater can be ushered in.
So maybe you are just saying goodbye to summer right now.
Or maybe you are saying goodbye to an aspect of your life, such as a job, a relationship, an epic moment with loved ones, or an old part of yourself that you have to let go of.
Whatever it is, by all means, be disappointed and sad. But when the time is right, don’t forget to smile.
Thanks for reading.
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