To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.~Oscar Wilde
Ann-Christine’s theme this week gives us a chance to reflect on the unexpected moments in life. Far from predictable, my life has taken more twists and turns than I could have ever imagined.
Who would expect, for example, that I would fall in love with a man I met on the first day of college? Who would expect that we would get married dozens of years ago, move all over the United States, and live in 11 different cities and towns…so far. (I’m sure we’ve got a few more moves in our future.)
Who would expect that our son, who was a reluctant and grumpy traveler, would become an eager adventurer, who is living now in Vancouver, B.C. and is an expert at scouring the web for great travel bargains?
Who would expect that our dream of traveling the world would come to pass after years of career upsets and reversals of fortune and unexpected health challenges?
I am certainly as stunned as you are, and I will be forever thankful that these unexpected twists and turns have taught me what really matters in life, and how to enjoy life now and not some distant day in the future.
When we travel, I am always on the lookout for the unexpected. This week, I’m sharing some surprising moments in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia.
The only real things in life is the unexpected things. Everything else is just an illusion.~Watkin Tudor Jones
The street art here is bold, colorful, and tucked away in narrow alleys. It was always a treat and a wonderful surprise to discover them. Here’s one of my favorites on Beaney Lane.
There are dozens of new construction projects currently underway in Melbourne. Many of them are architectural wonders, like this building at the University of Melbourne.
Luna Park at St. Kilda’s Beach
I love this playful entrance to the amusement park at St. Kilda’s Beach–a 30 minute ride from the heart of the Central Business District (CBD). It shares the same name as the amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn–not far from our first apartment.
National Gallery of Victoria
Melbourne’s premier art gallery hosted a terrific exhibit of the Dutch artist, M.C. Escher. We were fortunate to get tickets while it was still in town. Escher, a master of perspective, studied reflective surfaces and how they refract light. He used reflective objects in some of his most famous works, like this self-portrait.
A Unique Shopping Mall & Train Station
Who has ever seen a train station and shopping mall erected beneath a former bullet factory? Coop’s shot tower, erected in 1888, manufactured shot bullets. A giant glass and steel tower was erected around the abandoned factory in 1991 in order to preserve the structure. Today, it’s part of Melbourne Central, a shopping mall, which also connects to the train station.
Some unexpected moments are delightful. Others fill us with dread. How we deal with them defines our character and our resilience.
In closing, I’d like to make a book recommendation. In her book, Any Ordinary Day: What Happens After the Worst Day in Your Life, Leigh Sales interviews a number of people who have coped with and even triumphed over life’s near disasters. She also explores her own brush with several catastrophic events, as well as scientific research on how the brain processes these events. I’ve now read several chapters and highly recommend it. Here’s a link to the book on Amazon.
Have a joyful and light-filled week!