Autumn is my favorite season, but we have not been having very autumn-like weather around here. While most people may enjoy the extended summer we are having, I long for the crisp breezes of Fall. The hiking trails around here are even more beautiful once the leaves start changing and falling. With this warm weather it feels as though that will never happen!
Yesterday I headed out along one of those trails with one of Aziza's former therapists. I love that Aziza's therapists have kept in contact with me over the past 9 months ... they truly care about our family and loved my girl. It was nice to meet up at Aziza's favorite park along the river and walk a trail that neither of us was familiar with. We chatted about Aziza (of course), family, work and life in general. Our most important conversation centered around doing what makes us happy in life. It was a relief to speak with someone else who understands that happiness is not a constant and that what makes one happy in life is fluid. (I will likely dedicate an entire blog post to this one day soon.)
After a good talk and climbing more than our fill of hills along the path, we called it a day and headed back towards the park - and of course ended up at Starbucks. I think that along with good friends, Starbucks might be on my list of things that make me happy these days ;) These photos were taken of Aziza during a Fall hike along one of the area paths ... don't worry, the tracks were not being used!
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.