One year anniversary
Well, today is my one year anniversary of moving to St.Croix. My day has been full of emotion, thoughts. I have laughed, cried, reflected, given thanks.
I wonder if I've done what I came here to do? What have I missed? The experiences have been full, but I feel I've gotten into "the grind" and forgotten to live life.
I know that I have gotten wrapped up in the 9-5 and have withdrawn from my personal obligation to payback or payforward as I like to say - helping others like people helped me - advise - doing what is needed, being there for them. I feel bad for that. But each day is a chance to start over.
This year has brought so many new experiences. Even just coming here. But I have done so much that I never dreamed of - and now I have a car (I was without the first 9 months) and an offer on a house. Who would have thought? I never envisioned this! And I will be vacationing in Venezuela in a couple months.
This has been a chance for me to re-write my life. I have found though, that it doesn't always go forward. Old behaviours die hard - sometimes you have to stop and re-evaluate and make different choices.
So I need to thank everyone who offered information on this messageboard over the time I was planning my move. And for those who have helped me/supported me/encouraged me since I made the move. Some of those who I have met from this board are no longer on island - be it a move back or that they were here on visits. You all played an integral part of my life. I won't ever forget the part you play.
I will become active again on the board and in the community. I feel the need to payforward for all that everyone has done for me.
And to those that I met last year at the VINOW St. Croix Picnic - I hope we can all be together again. I have lost touch with most - miss many - and look forward to seeing a bunch of you this year!
Islander, Jeff, and the rest of you at VINOW - you are awesome. This forum is a fantastic tool! Keep up the great job.
To everyone else - follow your heart and your dreams. Life is too short to wait "till we can afford it", "till we retire", or "till the kids get older".
A wonderful post and hard to believe it's been a year! Remember I hope to be there soon as well. Still no news yet either. Island Rat and I love ya and can't wait to meet up soon. Thanks for your encouragement and support too.
You have been of great value to me and I am sure I speak for other to the board thank you. Enjoy doing the things you did not get to do the first year the second year.
Congratulations Linda. June 1st was my one year anniversary as well on STT. How time flies!
Linda: Nice post. I also use my anniversary of moving to the VI as a time for reflection and evaluation. You are right about following your heart. At least when we are old and decrepit we won't be full of regret!
Some of us were ALREADY old and decrepit when we made the move! We're glad it was the right one. Congrats Linda.
Thanks Linda. You and Ric have been an important part of my first year. Thanks for everything you've done for me - so much - and for all of the people's lives you've touched.
We wish you many more happy years to come.
Terry and Annie
Thanks guys! Will you be at the picnic this weekend at Mike and Linda's?
No, we won't be back until the end of the year. BOO HOO