“Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.”
I spent almost eight years living in the northern part of Cape Coral on the Gulf of Mexico, which put me in quite a prime position in many ways. Just over two hours from Miami (travelling east across Alligator Alley) and Tampa (i-75 headed North) and just over three to Orlando (and Disney).
But if a much shorter drive and some major chillout time was required then it was off to Matlacha (pronounced “MAT-la-shay”) for me , just down the road (ten miles/twenty minutes).
The community’s name comes from a Calusa word meaning “water to the chin.” It is an “Old Florida” fishing village home to many brightly-coloured art galleries, island boutiques, seafood restaurants, and traditional Florida cottages. And, more importantly (to many) tons of fishing, giving it the charm almost of one of the Florida Keys scruffier, less touristy cousins!
Some people will tell you that slow is good – but I’m here to tell you that fast is better. I”ve always believed this, in spite of the trouble it’s caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba… Hunter S Thompson
Great post at Tiny Buddha by Shawn W. Larson ‘Forgiving the Unforgivable and Ending Your Own Suffering’..
I was completely unprepared for the emotional hailstorm that bombarded me when, back in 2001, I learned that my wife had been having an affair with my best friend of twenty-plus years.
My normal, predictable life (which I absolutely loved, by the way) had been virtually shattered overnight. Not only did it culminate in a very bitter war (see: divorce), it also marked the onset of a toxic poison that had begun to work its way into my veins: resentment.
“Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.” Malachy McCourtro