"The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created-created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination" John Schaar
Such words as the above would have seemed alien and strange to me in 1986, but hindsight is always a good instructor.
It was in 1986 that I, a not exactly young and single englishman, travelled out of England for the first real time in my life. I went to Tenerife.
At the same time another person had travelled there from Norway.
We met, we fell in love (a life blessing we still continue to enjoy)
It's a story, our story, for us a beautiful and self-fulfilling story.
(we recently celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary).
In the course of our mutual journey into the adventures of life we chose to buy a house in Sweden. Impulsively we dashed over to Sweden and looked at just 3 properties, immediately deciding upon the third. In retrospect I feel it more likely that it decided upon us.
At first it was our 'holiday home'. Now it is our home base.
Years ago I used to say "I am here absorbing this place, it's beauty, it's tranquility".
Now I would tell you that I am here being absorbed by it.