Playing it Safe

Obviously none of us are guaranteed another moment let alone another day on this beautiful, blue globe we call planet earth, yet we all seem to find a way to go on living life as if this isn’t our collective reality.

I try to live life to the fullest, despite being severely limited compared to a lot of people.

Many of us with mast cell disease just try to live in the moment and not worry about the future but not me. I like to look forward to things! I have hopes and dreams and I even make plans that I often know most likely won’t come to fruition, yet I still do it because it’s just how I’m wired. Living in the moment is fine for some people, but living for future moments seems more satisfying to me.

It’s certainly better than ruminating about the past, which I’m also prone to do! 😄

Right now I’m looking forward to the coming changing of the fall colors which is just around the corner. Maybe it’s already happening where you are? In my part of the world, it’s just a couple weeks away now.

Ever since I was a little girl I always wanted to visit Vermont in the fall but as of yet I’ve still not made it further east than Fargo, ND and the chances of me actually getting to the east coast in this lifetime is pretty slim, yet I still hope and dream it will happen.

And it very well may!

In the meantime, we do have gorgeous autumn scenery here in the Greater Yellowstone area. Maybe not as pretty as over there, but it’s breathtaking nonetheless. Last year we took a drive over Teton pass at the end of September and I captured some amazing photos of the fall colors.

Here are a few of my favorites from that road trip:

The idea of driving an hour up the road seems pretty trivial to a lot of people, I’m sure, but for me it’s actually a pretty big deal. Once I’m out away from my “safe zone” that we’ve created here at the house for me and especially if I’m away from my doctors and the emergency room in case I need it is pretty risky.

When you live with the threat of severe anaphylaxis from a wide variety of possible triggers and knowing that the EpiPens you carry may not be enough, you tend to want to stay close to home as much as possible.

On the other hand, being safe all the time is so frigging boring and my rebellious spirit always overrides my need to play it safe 100% of the time.

So, if at all possible, we’ll be making that drive again soon. This time I’m hoping we can go all the way into the park so I can get even better pictures. Of course you’ll hear all about it if and when we do! 🙂

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