After a long week of heavy rain storms, Friday’s forecast showed that it would be in the 70’s in Palm Desert, Ca. Trevor, Katie, and I were excited to see this news, as we had planned a Private Safari at The Living Desert for this day. Trevor packed up my oxygen tanks and walker and we were off for our adventure at The Living Desert!
The Living Desert is a beautiful zoo in Palm Desert, CA. The animals are all beautiful, the enclosures were clean and the walking paths and trails were made to look regional the the animal territory we were visiting. We chose to use the Private Safari Adventure, as it is fully done with a guide and the complete use of a shuttle. I highly recommend this option. Our guide was wonderful and we were able to gain “insider” information. Of course, conservation and and extinction is a main topic of zoos and conservancies. I am saddened at the amount of species that are currently on the Red List of declining/endangered/extinct animals. More information can be found on iucnredlist.org.
I truly enjoyed getting out for the morning and hanging out with Trev and Katie. We were able to see every animal and we were able to feed the giraffes! Every animal there is beautiful and some were very funny to watch. It seemed like the animals were happy to see a sunshine day!
Anyway, I woke up at 2:00 am and my brain started thinking about animal extinction and my own journey with cancer and hospice. Honestly, I’m not sure where I’m going with these 2:00 am thoughts. Comparing species extinction to my own passing seems trivial. However, there is the issue of loss in both cases.
What will it be like on earth if the animals/creatures continue to disappear? What will it be like if all the bees disappear? Many people believe that it could start the end of the world. Because bees are primary pollinators of fruits and vegetables, this could lead to a chain reaction of crops disappearing, which could lead to limited agriculture available, which could lead to limited dairy and meat supply. It would also lead to the disappearance of my beloved honey. The disappearance of bees would make the world a less sweet place to live.
What is it like when a loved one disappears to death? It drastically changes the life of those left behind. For my children, their world will be forever changed. I believe that they will mourn. I believe they will be strong. I don’t think they will forget me on their big event days: weddings, children, deciding where to settle, buying their first home, happy moments and sad moments. They will probably think of me at the beach or when a storm passes.
The journey of life will always have it’s ups and downs. From the big issues that face our world (extinction) to experiencing the joys found in this world. We all have the opportunity to choose how we encounter life. Will we embrace the opportunities put before us? Will we become divisive with one another as we try find and implement correct solutions for the world? My hope and longing is that people will exchange ideas and work together to make this world a better place.
As for my own remaining time, I will continue to embrace life! My hope for my family and friends is that, they too will embrace life. I hope they will stop and watch the bees for awhile!