“Take the power to control your own life. Take the power to make your life happy.” ( Susan Polis Schultz)
When you live in South Florida, you expect to feel the destructive effects of numerous tropical systems in the summer. So I did not feel panic in knowing that Tropical Storm Elsa would likely track through the eastern Gulf of Mexico and cross through our first road trip stop in the Tampa Bay region early next week. So Ruth and I would simply make contingency plans to stock up on extra water and canned food supplies for our upcoming, four night motel stay in St. Petersburg in the event of a direct hurricane hit in this area.
It made sense as well for us before our road trip to avoid stressing about upcoming weather concerns and focus instead on experiencing a happy Fourth of July weekend. Understand first of all that I felt a strong desire to to see the band Chicago in Tampa; my first live concert since COVID began. So we would brave several pockets of severe thunderstorm weather along I-75 north while traveling the 274 mile roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale to Central Gulf Coast Florida and attend this concert on Friday.
Looking ahead the 4th of July, I also looked forward to a warm reunion on Independence Day with my former college bandmate and friend, Steve, from over 45 years ago. For his latest band will be featured before a spectacular fireworks show on this patriotic holiday evening within walking distance of our Ft. Lauderdale home. It makes me happy as well to share with my mother some nostalgic family memories on the 4th of July. So I control what I can to find positive contentment in the “now” moment of life in spite of any ominous weather circumstances I might soon face.