I have seen the above quote “Life is short. Take the Trip.
Buy the shoes. Eat the cake.” on mugs, t-shirts and sprinkled through social media. In fact, I saw it not too long ago on my friend Sylvia Rodriguez’s Facebook page. She and her family traveled to Paris!
I started looking for the person responsible for it, but Google turned up nothing but aforementioned t-shirt, mugs and framed art. I would love to give credit where credit is due, but I’ll have to settle for just spreading the quote once more.
I’ve been lucky in some regards. I’ve been able to travel around our nation, Mexico (both sides and the interior) and overseas.
Also, in my younger days I’ve been known to buy shoes. Who am I kidding? I still love them and still have too many of them.
I’ve also had lots of cake. And lots of other good food. I have also bought my share of jewelry.
I *swore* that I would not buy any more jewelry – especially after I moved and packed up so much of it. But then I saw a piece that really spoke to me. My dear, talented, wonderful friend Michelle Carmen Gomez posted a creation on her Facebook and I HAD to have one. It was a simple design. A plain gold bezel around a silver Mercury dime. There are also two small diamonds that add just a smidgen of gleam. I had an idea though. You see, my dad loved to collect silver coins. In fact he had collected so much at one point that he sold much of his collection to pay for our trip to Europe to see his Belgian friends Marcel and Maria back in 1979.
I ended up with the remainder. There were a few rolls of silver dimes, some Roosevelt and some Mercury. It wasn’t until I researched it that I learned the profile isn’t really from the god Mercury but that of Lady Liberty with wings in her hair to signify “freedom of thought.”
But there are those who feel that these dimes are lucky (especially if they are a leap year). I started looking through them to see if I could find a 1925 coin. Out of about 50+, there was ONE. That is the year that my dad was born and I felt it would be fitting to have it for my ring.
So, a couple of weeks later, it was on my finger and I’ve not taken it off yet! To say that I love it would be a huge understatement.
I’ve been to too many funerals of late and missed others that I couldn’t attend. Each time I hear about a friend who has left our physical world, I am reminded that life IS short. Even if you have lived a long and fruitful one, it can seem short. My mom would always say that she still felt as though she was still 18. I now know why.
The way I see it, do the above … and I’ll add my two cents in (or maybe I should say ten cents) … buy the ring! Indeed … life is short. And to quote from one of my favorite Stephen King’s short stories “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” and the film “The Shawshank Redemption”: “It always comes down to just two choices. Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
SUE BROWN is a columnist of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.