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2021 May

Precious Life

Improve your mood with new adventures!

Everyone I know has suffered during the pandemic in some way or another. Business challenges, mental health issues, and, for some, the loss of a loved one have caused us to wonder what in the world we did to deserve this.

Of course, we are innocent bystanders as this pandemic continues to wreak havoc around us. Nevertheless, this whole crazy episode has caused some folks to re-examine their lives and make some changes. After years of talking about it, Peter and I finally put our house on the market. It’s just the two of us now that our kids have moved on, and frankly we feel a little out of place in our 5-BR home. (Message me if you’re interested in details!)

We have also had to put many of our travel plans on hold. If you’re a regular reader, you know that Peter and I love to travel, so we’ve had to get used to hanging around a bit more than we usually do. However, we couldn’t help ourselves and recently ventured to Costa Rica, where we explored rainforests, soaked in hot springs, learned to surf, and in general grew to love the “pura vida” lifestyle. Check out Pt. 1 of our journey on p. 28.

If you’re not comfortable getting on a plane yet, you always have the option of exploring our beautiful state. It’s an excellent time to visit one of our awesome state parks, where immersing yourself in nature will do wonders for your family’s mental health. Or consider a camping vacation. Don’t have equipment? No worries. Most state parks and many private ones offer cabins to rent.

Or choose a Virginia city you’ve never been to. Do some research online and find a place that offers activities you and your kids will enjoy. Hiking, cycling, geocaching, shopping, visiting museums, eating—you will all benefit from even just a weekend away. And when you come home, you’ll have a new perspective on life. You’ll be energized and ready to face your challenges with a happier heart. At least, that’s how I feel when I come home from vacay. =)

In our area, there are new places to explore as well. One of my friends recently told me that during the past year, she and her pals have hiked hundreds of miles in parks across the region. Spending time outdoors in the company of friends is one of the healthiest things we can do right now and benefits us physically, mentally, and emotionally.

So what are you sitting there for? Or in the much more eloquent words of poet Mary Oliver, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Happy Mother’s Day to all the hard-working moms out there. Take the day off. You deserve it!  

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and publisher of Tidewater Family Plus magazine. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com

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