The Leap

Freezing drizzle
and aching joints
elevate doubt

We are forging
into unknowns,
claiming change

His motivation
drive for both –
I quiet objections

Faith, I have in him
Trust, I have in process,
Hope as my beacon

Many a storm
has passed our way –
the choice is easy

Stay and rot
or risk and thrive –
hand in hand, we leap.

(Four years ago, Ric and I sold our house and all our possessions and headed south in a motor home.  Both of us had experienced life-altering medical crises, and the alternative – staying put and waiting for the next health challenge – was not appealing, so we took the leap.  After two years, we returned and settled in a small community not far from family.  Health continues to be an issue, but armed with the memories of our travels, we face each day grateful for our choices.)

Image my own.


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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

54 thoughts on “The Leap”

  1. I have always thought of leaving everything and being on road but the sense of security always pulls me back in. I don’t know if I will ever gather the courage to actually take the plunge like you. Such a lovely post. Wishing for good health for you guys.

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  2. Oh what a great story VJ! Although we don’t currently have any major health issues, we are trying to take opportunities to travel and create memories while we both can. You simply don’t know what the future holds. So glad you took the chance!! …very interesting photo too!

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  3. Saving a copy of this one! Good mental therapy heading toward hip replacement … my hesitations are minor compared to desire to keep going places! (They tell me I cannot sit with legs crossed after surgery … ever again … boggles my mind but I keep uncrossing – practicing – assuring myself I am not too old to change!!)

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