Two years ago today, I received a phone call that changed my life in unthinkable ways. The immediate, all-consuming darkness that followed the sudden loss of my dear friend was so overwhelming that to imagine anything but an end to my own life as I knew it, was not within my ability to envision. Through the loving support of family and thousands of caring souls such as yourselves, that ‘ending’ has evolved into a ‘beginning’.
I truly apologize for my silence in response to the thousands of kind-hearted people who reached out with words and thoughts of encouragement. I have not until recently, had the inner strength to respond in any meaningful way as the emotions were still too fresh and heavy to bear. For all the love that was sent my way, thank you – you may never understand how deeply it was felt.
I have taken the past year to reorganize heart, mind and body at the most profound levels. For me personally, simply standing at the waters’ edge has had extraordinary regenerative effects…add a critter (or two, or three) to the mix and it’s heaven on earth as you can plainly see by the expression on my face during a recent visit to La Jolla.
Where my renewed life will lead me is the adventure I look forward to most greatly. It might be back in front of the camera, it may be in the jungles of Costa Rica aiding wildlife conservation – or both…whatever that new path may be, my paramount desire remains to help safeguard our planet’s wondrous ecosystems while delivering joy and inspiration to all I can reach.
I recall standing in the makeup room at the station in Atlanta listening to various, outwardly successful co-workers lament their current status in life. “Is this it? Is this all there is? It’s all down-hill from here isn’t it?” – one person would ask repeatedly. If you have laid aside your spirit of adventure, the answer to those questions is ‘yes’. In his musings from ‘Ithaka’, the Greek poet Constantinos Cavfry encourages us to enter harbors never before seen, carrying with us all the riches we have gained along the way.
It’s not the arrival that counts, it’s the journey.