I am in SUMMER, where all my senses are alive and well. First, the clear and beautiful light is all around me, in front, in back and everywhere. It’s 8 a.m. and the sun is welcoming blue without any patches of white clouds. My whole world looks different in this light. The green on the grass and on the leaves in the trees glisten (as if on spotlights) from last night’s rain. On the way to my car, I hear birds chirping ever so sweetly. Were they singing yesterday or did the rain block out the sounds? The aromas are unforgettable with floral scents amid freshly cut grass. I feel wrapped in this delicious air that surrounds me: lighter, ready and eager to meet any challenge of this day.

There are five personal assistants: April, May, June, July, August and September that highlight my journey. I count on them for assistance and resistance to any of life’s tough challenges. Of course, there are days when my assistants are not available; that is just temporary. I have developed a core strength to meet obstacles during their absences and they are replaced by clouds, fog and rains. When my assistants go on vacation in October, November, December, January, February and March, I try to follow them whenever possible. They are my muse and my music to keep my rhythm. When I am unable to follow them, I have photographs, videos and memories to think of them until next time.

But today it is glorious. The shades are up, the curtains swept aside and the windows are open. The world is waiting for me. Life is my adventure.