Fri-Yay Funday: All my bags are Packed

All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
leaving all my baggage behind
Good where I been, good where I’m going to
I’m taking it in stride
Entering the golden years, I’m not gonna lie
Life has good to me or I to it and in the next chapter, I’ll take what I find
Good bad or indifferent, through the ups and downs, always be kind
First to yourself and then to others, that’s what wins the prize
Life is what you make it no matter what it throws you and there are times
I really didn’t think I’d make it out alive
Today I leap into the now, filled with anticipation celebrating my 16 year old self
with 49 years of experience with love and joy in my heart, it’s been quite a ride.

Copyright © Cindy Georgakas
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This was a song I loved and sang when I was about 17 and leaving for college. My brother would play the piano and I would sing which is a fond memory. Mind you, I was only going 40 minutes from my house but would be living in the dorms. I was leaving my high school sweetheart who is my husband now.

Today I’m going to visit my best and only friend I stayed in touch with from college at San Jose State Unniversity. So wildly ironic because we are heading to Carmel Valley and Montery, California. As close as we are to the area, we haven’t been in years.

Leaving on a jet plane was written by John Denver who wrote this song because he was traveling so much which was the one thing he didn’t like about touring. He ended up dying in a plane crash.

The anguish of being on the road inspired a 24-year-old Denver to write “Babe, I Hate to Go” (later renamed “Leaving on a Jet Plane“) in 1966 during a layover at Washington airport. … In fact, he took the name “Denver” to honor Colorado — and because the name Deutschendorf was not likely to fit on many marquees.

There never was and there probably never will be a star quite like John Denver, who diedon October 12, 1997 when his experimental amateur aircraft crashed into Monterey Bay on the California coast. …

Peter, Paul and Mary Sang Leaving on a Jet Plane.

Happy Fun Friday to you and have a great weekend!
I will miss you over the weekend but going to do my best to stay off of all of my devices.
See you Monday and stay blessed, inspired and find joy!

❤️
Cindy

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87 thoughts on “Fri-Yay Funday: All my bags are Packed

  1. Hi Cindy, your post today brought up old memories of when we drove my only daughter to college to live in the dorm. It was the saddest day of my life. I cried all the way home and really for many days after that .even though she was not that far away. It was so hard to get used to the fact that she was living away from home. You have brought those tears back with your post. I hope you have a very happy day and getaway. You are a remarkable writer and so good you are following your passion. I can tell you from my experience the golden years are what you make them . Age is just a number. For me it’s all uphill with so much to look forward to learning and experiencing new miracles every day.keep taking care of yourself and surrounding yourself with amazing and loving family and friends. ❤️💕🎉🎂🥰

    1. Hi Marlene,
      oh, I remember the same feeling dropping all of my kids off to college and I too cried too when I left them. They were so eagar, excited, nervous to start the next chapter of their lives. It is such a rite of passage and an awareness of cutting them loose and letting them go. Oh thanks so much for the wishes and heartfelt love and wisdom and I appreciate your affirmation of my writing.
      You have a wonderful attitude to aspire to. Much love and blessings always to you!🤗🌷🙏

  2. I love that song Cindy! Do have a wonderful weekend and see if you can take a break from blogland 😂 I’ve been on my bike all afternoon and now I’m playing catch-up 😅

    1. It’s a great one!
      I’m driving 🤣 well my hubby is and nothing nicer that talking to you. Need to know how to vote for you. Oh lovely you were biking… fun fun..
      Catch me if you can… 😹❤️

  3. So much of this hits me. The emotions felt within each cycle of life. I see a familiar step in each line. John Denver’s song has always been a poignant one of remembrance of what goodbyes feel like in the soul. I had a good cry, thanked my Dad for the love he provides in both the physical and spiritual world for me. Thank you for sharing this Cindy. Love you deeply ❤❤❤

    1. He nailed it and so many emotions for me as well… a walk in time and memory. It really is a great song. Oh I’m soooo glad you had that time with your Dad in light, love and connection Maria and a good release. You’re so welcome and love you too dearest. ❤️💖

  4. Great post! I can’t look at the mountains after a sky-clearing storm without thinking of a certain line from “Rather be in Colorado” and an old John Denver cassette that serenaded me on many youthful road trips.

  5. Beautiful song Cindy. So wow to be meeting your college friend. Enjoy yourselves. Have fun and love filled weekend 💃🏻🥰🍷🍷🍷

    1. Thanks Asok!!! Sooo great to see her and now with my hubby and kids are coming to Carmel. Heaven with out the animals and heading for a hike. Thanks for the love💖💖💖

  6. cindy / very cool how you connected your bag packing and sites to go with the john denver song
    – and other things here layeeed in!
    of course your seasoned perspective is something you offer readers in every post

    and side note i spent most of the 90s in denver and there were jokes that John was going to be there when people visited or that he was the mayor ? lol
    when it was really Aspen that was his home
    and ironic and sad twist to go out via plane –
    and i think his music wouod now be called “yacht rock” – am i right?

    1. Thanks Yvette!
      I think your connections are wearing off on me with your very unique posts. I truly had no idea this was coming until it revealed itself to me as if by magic which is always so cool.
      That is certainly so history in the making.
      I only heard story recently. Thanks so much! ❤️💖

      1. well thanks for the nice complement – and so glad you have become part of my blogging world – as I have said before so I won’t keep saying it – hahahahah

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