unexamined life is not worth living



I love the above line "unexamined life worth not living", since my stroke I have done lot of that & my life has become richer due to it. I follow Jean riva mentor I met right here on this site & thanks to her wisdom & blogs it provided me courage  & strength to still give good fight & boy I am so glad I persisted. Recently in Jean's blog she quoted bernard shaw & it is spot on “This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, the being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I've got held up for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”  George Bernard Shaw. Its such a great quote & I would like to live life like that. 


Since my stroke I have started realizing I am responsible for my happiness, I can not blame my parents, my family or anybody else for my misfortune or unhappiness, I am responsible for my own happiness. I got this one shot at the life & I better start living fully, and take responsibility for my life. Lately I have started doing that, started watching movies alone cause it brings me joy, recently Jean had mentioned paint by numbers in her blog & I thought to myself why not order 1 kit & try it, It was $10 kit worth every penny, I have been painting for a month now though I only get time on weekend to paint since rest of the days I am busy with my other work. I will post picture here when its fully done, I think I should be done by this weekend, it has brought immense joy in painting,


Recently again through Jean's blogs I heard about of Anne of green gables book & started reading it & thoroughly enjoyed  it & decided for our 32 wedding anniversary we will drive to novascotia & it was our best 1 week driving vacation to novascotia. after talking with Mark canadian stroke survivor who told me about things to see in novascotia like peggy's cove, cabot trail &dottie mentioned graham bell museum & off two of us went on our 32nd honeymoon vacation & it was one of the best. we both travel well together I had access to radio so was playing all my music & good books on tape & ted talks so trip was so much fun & relaxing. while on cabot trail met young indian kids  & they told us about skyline trail so we went for that hike too, it was easy 4 mile hike though lately I get very dizzy & feel scared on the height, so on peggy;s cove & in skyline trail I did not go till end rather waited for hubby on safe place holding it tight to bench or railing lol


Another funny thing & the reason I wanted to visit Anne of green gables museum in canada, since I can so relate with Anne, the way she will dramatize everything. I feel I do the same way when I was little & even now sometimes, so I can relate with her


again I just feel so grateful I survived the stroke & I gained so much wisdom from this low phase of my life that, I am grateful for all the abudence in our life.










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Jean Riva was an inspiration to many of us. Because of her I began writing blogs and found that made my life make more sense to me, mine became an examined life. Thank you for writing your blogs, they too are an inspiration to me.

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