Life is Better at the Lake

Truths of life: I will no longer pledge to write here on a regular basis; and I will not feel guilty when, even with the best of intentions, I fail to come to this page. Instead, when the spirit moves me and I make the time, I’ll come here to reflect.

Since the last time I was here we moved into a house on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA. We are only about thirty minutes from our old house but it seems so much further. We have less house, less traffic, the most incredible view of the lake, and feel like we’re on vacation every day. The house was built in 1983 and needed a lot of work so the day after we moved in we had contractors here doing a lot of updating. We’ve been here exactly one year.

Our “new” house, built in 1983

Seven months ago I fell on a cement dock and fractured my left leg – a tibial plateau fracture. I spent six weeks in a straight brace and was non-weight bearing. After six weeks I was in a bendable brace, began physical therapy, and learned to walk again. Being non mobile and inactive for so long really tested my patience – but – the lake view was still there! I also was well aware that my troubles were far worse than many others’ so I did what I was supposed to and took one day, one step at a time. I am back to my walking pace prior to the injury but haven’t run yet. Well, I tried – pushed too far – set myself back – realized I am in my late 50s and not in my 30s – and took it slow once again to gain strength.

I’m exploring new trails closer to where we live and have been so happy to be back in the woods. I’m a little sad not running on the trails because it is so pretty, but walking means I go slow enough to really take in the sights and sounds of nature.

Suspension bridge on the Bridge Trail at Chicopee Woods Park

I like the pace of life here. Warm days are spent on the water, either on the boat, kayaking, or just floating by the dock. Cooler days require a warm fire in the fire pit. Cold days are spent inside, but still looking at that amazing lake and being thankful for all the blessings in my life.

“Stay close to the serenity of a lake to meet your own peace of mind.”
-Munia Khan

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