Mill Creek Musings

I live vicariously according to the name of my latest nail polish color. Currently I’m sporting “Barefoot in Barcelona.” In real life I have not yet traveled to Spain, let alone been barefoot there, but as we speak my fingers are doing the walking for me.

The same is true of the videos I rent from Netflix. Why, just last month I experienced Midnight in Paris and checked in for a two night stay at the Most Exotic Marigold Hotel in Bangalore, India. All this without ever leaving the comfort of my sofa and red and black fleece blanket.

I have been to Paris, but never experienced the thrill of walking around the City of Lights at midnight. Bangalore was not even on my Bucket List. But I gained many insights from the guests at the Most Exotic Marigold Hotel. Like me, they were all retirees adjusting to an uncertain future.

Some of my favorite quotes are:

•“The only real failure is the failure to try, and the measure of success is how we cope with disappointment, as we always must.”

•“Life evolves. You’re never too old to be surprised.”

•“All we know about the future is that it will be different, so we must celebrate the changes.”

And finally, the quote that sums up the movie’s theme: “Everything will be alright in the end. And if it is not alright, it is not yet the end.”

Next month I may be wearing “Parisian Pink” while I take a cruise on The African Queen.

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