- Our RV park is in the most perfect location. We can walk to everything. And it is small and charming, with only 12 RV spots available.
- We’ve found our favorite restaurants and frequent them often. Meals out cost us around $5-$7 CAD per person.
- I frequent a yoga studio that is right around the corner from us. They offer monthly passes so I am able to practice in a studio every day (sometimes twice per day) and it is the perfect opportunity to get some “me” time.
- We’ve made some amazing friends here, many of which joined us at this year’s Family Adventure Summit. We’ve made friendships that will branch off into the world and will continue to blossom in different countries.
- The town is just so dang charming. Cobblestone streets, European architecture, friendly people. It is an easy place to fall in love with.
Our time here has flown by. I feel almost like we have been in a vortex of ease and comfort. I’m going to miss this place.
And there’s the thing. I AM GOING TO MISS THIS PLACE! A few days ago, we finally made plans to move on. We’ll be heading towards the Pacific Coast in the first week of January, caravaning with an older couple from Minnesota we met at our RV Park. Ever since we made the decision I have been mourning the end. While I am excited for a new adventure, I already mourn the loss of this one.
Since we’ve made the decision to move on, everything seems so much sweeter. Because I know it’s time to move on, I am reveling in each moment we have left in SMA. The sight of a celebration at the church around the corner that would normally make me smile and look on with interest now brings a new level of excitement and a gratefulness to witness one last time. The authentic Mexican meal, although certainly not my last, brings a higher appreciation of the flavors. The hummingbirds that buzz by our RV windows bring greetings from the world of nature, and I greet them back with my smile and energy. Even the tennis players in the nearby court who normally make me grumble with their 8am grunting and yelling are getting an extra little bit of nostalgia from me.
These things have always been here. I have always enjoyed them. But there is more sweetness to each moment now that I know the moment will soon be over.
I’ve been thinking a lot about sweetness lately and the impermanence of life.
You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone? True.
You don’t know what you’ve got until you realize that nothing lasts forever? More true.
And there is nothing in this life that lasts forever. Yet instead of noticing the sweetness of the moment, we move through it like we will have a billion more moments. That our moments are infinite.
I don’t set New Years Resolutions. Goals are a part of my everyday life. But I do set an intention each year. For the last few years, my intention has been “balance”. I didn’t accomplish it in the first year, and I really needed that second year to work on it. Balance has gradually come to me, so while I will still hold that intention, it is time for a new one.
This year, my intention is “Sweetness”. To notice the sweetness in everyday moments. To find gratitude for each moment even when I am flustered and want to scream. To become aware of my surroundings, of the earth, of the people I interact with and ask myself, “What is the sweetness of this moment? What do I notice that brings me joy?”