Photo challenge # 5 – safe in port

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
John A Shedd

DSCN2008I have come to the last post in my series on new chapters in my life which brings me up to the present time and my current ‘new beginnings’.

A new chapter in life often begins by being in transition, a period between the old and new.
That transition involves letting go of the old life, restructuring, then moving on to the new.

Even though it has been over three and a half years since the ending of my marriage of 37 years, it is only three months past our marital financial settlement, and only three weeks since our house has legally become my home.

I have spent over three years in ‘letting go‘ of my old life in an emotional sense, and it is time for me now to reflect on where I am in a practical sense. I feel it is important to spend some time in that middle place, that place of restructure. Yes, I am indeed the Captain of my ship, and my ship is meant to move on to exciting places, but as Captain I know the importance of maintenance and refurbishment. I do not want to set sail and sink, run out of supplies, or be unable to weather any storms that may pass my way. I am going to spend some time working on my growth, on my vision for my future, and on decisions in some very important aspects of my life: my place of living, my connections, my family network, partaking in meaningful projects and planning my further contributions to society.

However, before any of that – there is me.

I am going to work on me – my health, my education, my well-being, my self-security.
So for a little while at least, I will remain in port in order to fully recharge.


This post is part # 5 of a series of a writing challenge sent to me by Catherine of catterel with the following guideline:

β€œPost a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.”

I have been writing on the theme of my experiences of new chapters in my life.
This post has been on stopping for a while before beginning my next new chapter.
The photo is of a ship at Corinna, Tasmania; asleep for the winter months.

Today, to continue the writing challenge, I nominate six people who follow my blog, who have provided me much support on my journey and who are inspirational in their own blogs. Introducing Ian, Julie, Karen, Kristi, Gerard, and Robyn

16 thoughts on “Photo challenge # 5 – safe in port

  1. I can see your ship far out on the horizon, discovering exciting new opportunities and embracing the fullness of life. One day at a time. Big hugs to to you Elizabeth. Thankyou for your kind mention.

  2. I am so glad you spelled Robyn and not Robin πŸ™‚
    I love the idea of taking time to be in port and figure out your situation, needs, make plans and then: Chart your future course, Elizabeth.
    I would not expect any less of you. The way will need contemplation of what people you choose to surround yourself, Elizabeth.
    Glad you have a July “jewel” of a daughter. Her birthday will make your winter has a special time to look forward to. I was surprised how many people reported birthday children or grown children born this month. My Dad was born at the end of the month, a Leo. I used to have a ruby ring and it was pretty. Hope your July goes well and I will be rooting for you all the way!

    • Hello Robin, you must have missed my first this series of posts, as you were the first I nominated πŸ™‚
      Don’t feel that you have to take up the challenge, but it was a bit of fun for me. Here is the link,
      and here is the challenge
      β€œPost a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.”
      Thanks for all the support you have given me in the writing of my blog.

      • Nope, I did not miss reading it, Elizabeth. I commented but must not have seen my name. (Thank you so much and so sorry to disappoint you.)
        You did an outstanding job on this 5 post deal. I am on summer work schedule which means 4 ten or eleven hour days and one five to six hour days. My 7th summer if what I affectionately call, “sweat shop season.” People order Advance Auto car parts all over our country and we pack up tubs or hampers to ship off in trucks. I love winter season at work but did get to see Mom for the last week (June 26 – July 5th). Today I am back from Lake Erie and checking blog posts. πŸ™‚

      • it is great that you are keeping yourself so busy and yet still have time to catch up with those important people in your life. I admire you for that. happy summer πŸ™‚

      • Elizabeth, you are most welcome for the responses to you, who I consider a good friend. They sometimes could have been more guarded or less honest, but I do feel we have become closer over this time “together.”
        You certainly weathered the storms and now, full throttle ahead and fears set aside for future voyages and adventures
        Are you ready for some Fun?!

  3. Wonderful post, Elizabeth. If I had a bottle of champagne, I’d toast you; you are definitely the Captain of your ship now, the master of your fate and your future journeys!

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