Taking a Swing at Life is worth the Leap

Welcome back to my Blog, thank you again for sharing your time with me. On one of my many walks around the 6IXX; I often encounter unique people, places and things along the way and they become a part of my story. Hence, this Swing in Lusted Park, where I often used to go over these many years to play with my children, watch an outdoor movie, firecrackers, walks, have picnics, watch the birds and squirrels, hang out or have a quiet moment and swing.  I remember enjoying this simply activity for hours. Even as a child, I wanted to go higher and higher; until the swing buckled.

My stomach used to drop, my heart raced and I would jumped out at its highest point in a fearless leap. Today, the leap scared the doo-doo out of me and sent my heart racing like a cardiac arrest was a sure thing. My leaps now, so low my nine-year old grandson easily out leaping me and where did that fearless lion heart go? The one that would leap without looking or was ready to meet or make destiny wherever and whenever it showed up.  What happened to adventures with no destination, maps or map quest or google map?

Life happened and requires all adults for the most part to be responsible participants in life. Now, life required plans to be made and some kind of road map to get to your destination or goal. We get caught up in the “Plan” to get that education, job, savings, house, family and finally retirement freedom before we die. Heavens forbid if you have none or just some of these; then you will be forever listed in the “Plan on failing if you fail to plan” category of life. When plans fail as they sometimes will and do; it’s an opportunity to start anew or rework the plan.


No matter how many plans or road maps we make for our life or others; life, time and circumstances can change all that in a blink of an eye and completely devastate everything and everyone. And if your perfect plan of a life has given you everything you have ever wanted and ask of it. Watch out! A life without struggle, pain, disappointment, hurt, laughter, tears, peace, fighting, trauma and drama, chaos; is a life less lived and will falter under the slightest strain of anyone of these.  Like the tire, rubber, wood, plastic, metal, rope knot swings of my childhood and youth. I had to adapt to each new swing and plan how I could possibly enjoy it. Some worked and others didn’t last for long; like the tire swing and how long could anyone really stay on that before they got sick. At some point you have to walk off or jump off your swing and continue on your destination. You’ll be fine once your head stop spinning.

Thank you for sharing a small part of your day with me; I hope you enjoy these posts. Please leave a comment, tell a friend and or share a story.  Have a great weekend and stay safe. And remember do something spontaneous and unexpected.

Published by authoragelliott

First time Author A G Elliott sat in her backyard with her laptop, wrote her first Trilogy: Mona’s Secret Diaries Book One Two & Three; a mammoth achievement under any circumstance over summer 2016 (June-August). Mona’s Secret Diaries came out of a more than nine hundred page manuscript and after four years released the first of three books under the series name Mona’s Secret Diaries Shadows of the Past: Book One - The Chronicle was launched on (Amazon _September 2020) and available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and will launch Mona’s Secret Diaries Shadows of the Past: Book Two - Turning Point (Amazon_June 2021). Ms. Elliott is a mother of four children (Kwamiebena, Kieoni, Kievonie and Karema), grandmother of two (Zion and Jerimiah), community activist, and volunteer. Ms. Elliott is also a business owner, African inventor’s museum curator and event organizers.

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