Be eccentric now! (no.21)

1401336_671451132885916_1382385671_o

My zombie alter ego!

Earlier this year I wrote an outraged response to an article in the Reader’s Digest on the sorts of activities we should be doing as we get older. Reading this article I discovered that the activities that I currently engage in makes me fall into the 20-30 year old age group. At the same time I’d come a cross a list of 42 lessons to live by compiled by a woman in her 90’s. I knew which set of rules I wanted  to follow!

I know that traditionally people take time at the end of the year to look back and reflect on how things have been and also make some decisions about any changes, if any, they want to make in the New Year. I’ve decided to get ahead of the game and do this now. Re-reading this blog I decided to review the list to see how I was doing in terms of following it. Some of the points are quite deep, like point 10 which says, ‘ make peace with your past so it won’t screw up your present‘. I’ve done quite a lot of that in the past few years but I think that this is one I’ll probably be working on for the rest of my life! Unless my life suddenly becomes perfect and things stop going wrong or I stop making mistakes, that is. My mission statement says that  ‘I want to prove that life can still be an adventure’. This year has had its challenges, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t have a bit of fun.

This year we decided to treat ourselves and booked a cruise, 8 nights aboard the Grandeur of the Seas, sailing from Baltimore down to Nassau in the Bahamas, stopping at Port Canaveral on the way down and Key West on the way back. I was really ready for this holiday and pictured days sunning myself on deck when we were at sea or on some exotic beach with white sand with the clear blue waters of the ocean gently lapping the shore, lulling me into a sense of calm and tranquility. I should have known better!

As we set sail from Baltimore, my hubby and I watched from the warmth and shelter of the Viking Crown lounge as the entertainment crew and a few brave (or foolish), souls battled the cold and high wind trying to dance beside the pool. Never mind, I thought to myself, we’re sailing south, things are bound to improve!

The next day proved to be no better. The temperature did improve slightly, but the winds were so strong it was safer and warmer to stay inside. Fortunately, one of the great things about cruising is that there is always something to do. So what did I, a ‘lady of a certain age’ choose to do? Play bingo? Try the quiz in the Schooner bar or even shop? Nope! I decided to attend a session where we could learn how to do a shortened version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller‘ dance! Believe it or not, although there were a few young people, I wasn’t the only person my era that attended this class, both male and female. If the young dancers of the ship’s crew were dismayed by this, they certainly didn’t show it. Over the week we had precisely 4 x 30 minute sessions gradually being taught the routine. The last session being at 2 pm on the last full day at sea. Then at 7.30 that evening we performed the dance to a packed audience of guests and crew in the Centrum of the ship.

For those of you unfamiliar with cruise ships. The Centrum is a bar/lounge area, in this case on deck 4 , which can be looked down upon from balconies from several decks above. An hour before the performance we gathered to have our hair teased, back combed and sprayed and our faces transformed to look like zombies. Despite our nervousness, there was a great sense of excitement as we looked out and watched as the Centrum and balconies above began to fill to capacity.

Then we were on! It was over really quickly. Apart from the entertainment crew and a couple of young ones who took part, it wasn’t the most polished performance. But everyone received it as the bit of fun it was meant to be.  The audience went wild, clapping and cheering and as we left the dance floor people were congratulating us on our performance. For any Strictly fans reading this, it was more a ‘Dave the Hairy Biker’ entertaining performance, but everyone seemed to enjoy it. I know I did. No. 21 on the list I mentioned at the beginning of this blog is: ‘Be eccentric’. Well what could be more eccentric than a ‘lady of a certain age’ learning and performing Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ dance on a cruise ship.When I get old

We seemed to spend the week at sea chasing or out running high winds which resulted in changes to the itinerary and the cancellation of a few excursions. One particular evening it was so choppy it was like being in a roller coaster laying in bed. No it wasn’t the sunbathing, relaxing holiday I’d imagined, but it was certainly fun, with the Thriller performance being the highlight and a memory that in the future will always bring a smile to my face.

But no. 39 on the list really caught my eye! ‘The best is yet to come!’ I’ll happily take that one on board. During the Captain’s welcome aboard party, an announcement was made that one of the guests was celebrating his One Hundred and Second birthday! Now that’s something to aspire too! Goodness knows what I’ll be doing this time next year, but if I can believe this  and live  each day with this expectation,that the best is yet to come,  it should help get through the long cold days and dark night’s of winter. Meanwhile if you fancy a laugh I’ve added the link to the Thriller performance on you tube. Enjoy!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tEBAI0Tjxc&feature=youtu.be ©

Subscribe

Come and connect with me on social networks

, ,

60 Responses to Be eccentric now! (no.21)

  1. Isabel Johnstone May 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm #

    Hi Jordan retro.I can’t think of any at the moment. But thank you for yourlovely comment.

  2. site pour plan cul August 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just too fantastic.
    I actually like what you have acquired here, certainly like what
    you are stating and the way in which you say it.
    You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep
    it wise. I cant wait to read much more from you.
    This is really a great website.

  3. Be eccentric now! (no.21) | Isabel Johnstone

  4. crorkz matz August 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    jtz6G7 Very good blog article.Thanks Again.

    • isabel August 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

      You’re welcome. Thanks for commenting. 😀

  5. insured profits review August 2, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    Looking forward to reading more. Great article.Really looking forward to read more. Great.

    • isabel August 5, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

      Thank you very much for your lovely comment. I really appreciate it. I’m glad you enjoyed reading this.

  6. plan cul August 2, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    You’re so awesome! I do not think I’ve read through anything like that before.
    So wonderful to find someone with unique thoughts on this subject matter.
    Really.. many thanks for starting this up.
    This website is something that’s needed on the web, someone with some originality!

    • isabel August 5, 2014 at 11:49 am #

      Thank yo very much. I appreciate your comments and I’m pleased you like my website.

  7. Wmens Nike Air Jordan 19 August 2, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    I’ll right away snatch your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please allow me recognize so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

  8. Plan cul August 2, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Thanks in support of sharing such a good
    thinking, piece of writing is nice, thats why i
    have read it completely

  9. I do consider all the ideas you have offered in your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for beginners. May just you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

    • isabel August 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Thank you. This is a blog I wrote a while ago. I think my latest one;s are a bit longer. 😀

  10. Air Jordan 5 New Kids Black August 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Thanks a lot!

    • isabel August 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

      I’ll look into it. Unfortunately I seem to get a lot of spam comments too. Sorry about that.

  11. Kitty August 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    I had problems to find your posts in google.

    I found it on 19 spot, you have to build some high authority
    social backlinks , it will help you to rank to google top 10.

    I know how to help your site, just search in google
    – k2 seo tips

    • isabel August 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Hi thanks for the tip. I’ll look into it. :)

  12. louis vuitton backpack August 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    you have got an ideal blog here! would you wish to make some invite posts on my weblog?

    • isabel August 5, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      Hi Thank you. That would be great. I’m not sure how to do that though. 😀

    • isabel August 5, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

      That would be brilliant thanks. Not sure how to do that though? 😀 x

  13. website August 5, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    I am cheerful to see this you tube video at this web page, therefore right now I am also going to upload all my movies at YouTube site.
    website http://4lifeinsurancequotes.com/

  14. wordpress themes for artists August 6, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for wordpress login shortcode

  15. louis vuitton handbags August 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thank you Nonetheless I am experiencing concern with ur rss . Don抰 know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting similar rss downside? Anybody who is aware of kindly respond. Thnkx

  16. find more August 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

    I simply want to say I am just new to blogs and certainly enjoyed your web-site. More than likely I’m planning to bookmark your site . You really have very good well written articles. Bless you for revealing your web site.

    • isabel August 7, 2014 at 10:27 am #

      Thank you very much for your lovely comments. I really appreciate it.

  17. check this link right here now August 7, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    I just want to mention I am all new to weblog and really savored you’re blog site. Probably I’m want to bookmark your site . You absolutely have fantastic article content. Bless you for revealing your web page.

  18. michael kors outlet online August 8, 2014 at 9:07 am #

    Whats up! I just want to give a huge thumbs up for the good information you will have here on this post. I shall be coming again to your blog for more soon.

  19. Vincent Jeffryes August 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your weblog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one nowadays..

    • isabel August 9, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

      Hi, thank you for your lovely comments. I don’t get paid, if that’s what you mean. I do it because I enjoy it. :-)

  20. Information about China and Hong Kong August 9, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Good day very cool web site!! Man .. Beautiful ..
    Wonderful .. I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds also?
    I’m satisfied tto seek out so many useful ino right here within the post, we need develop more
    strategies on tthis regard, thank you for sharing. . .
    . . .

  21. Bobby Burkhalter August 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    Just want to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your post is simply spectacular and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the rewarding work.

  22. Earleen Querio August 10, 2014 at 1:52 am #

    I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I am quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  23. Angel Lafavor August 10, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it’s time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or tips. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read even more things about it!

  24. Roderick Geris August 10, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an impatience over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this hike.

  25. Bob Kozyra August 10, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  26. Latonia Deyoung August 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I am not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for magnificent info I was looking for this information for my mission.

  27. Raul Norr August 10, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

    It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have learn this put up and if I may I wish to recommend you some fascinating issues or suggestions. Maybe you can write subsequent articles referring to this article. I want to learn even more things approximately it!

  28. Oleta Mongeau August 11, 2014 at 3:22 am #

    Fantastic goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely wonderful. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it smart. I can not wait to read much more from you. This is really a wonderful website.

  29. Gus Chrismon August 11, 2014 at 3:39 am #

    You really make it appear really easy along with your presentation but I to find this matter to be actually something which I feel I might never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very huge for me. I’m looking ahead for your next publish, I’ll attempt to get the grasp of it!

  30. find more info August 11, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do think that you need to write more on this topic, it may not be a taboo matter but typically people don’t speak about these issues. To the next! Cheers!!

  31. Keira Hougas August 11, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your web site and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Anyway I’ll be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly.

  32. Adalberto Pessin August 11, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  33. BusinessFirstFamily.com August 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Hey, thanks for the fantastic post. I feel better after having read this.

  34. Sydney Bilbrey August 19, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Excellent blog you have got here.. It’s hard to find high-quality writing like yours nowadays. I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  35. Rema Serafini August 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    very good publish, i certainly love this website, carry on it

  36. Isabel Johnstone June 23, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    Hi I’ve not had any trouble with hackers so far, although I do get a lot of spam comments which I just delelte. I can’t really help you with this one.

  37. Isabel Johnstone June 23, 2014 at 6:29 am #

    Hi I had this one designed for me. But it is quite easy to do yourself using wordpress.com. Or ther’e blogspot on google+.

  38. Isabel Johnstone July 8, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Thank you. it was designed for me by http://sorbrook.com/ although he used my own pictures.

  39. Isabel Johnstone July 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    Hi thank you for your kind words. Glad you like it. Isabel

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. air jordan uk - May 7, 2014

    air jordan uk

    Greetings! Really beneficial guidance on this informative article!

  2. Nike Lebron James 10 Xman Black Green Shoes 2013 Wholesale - May 9, 2014

    Nike Lebron James 10 Xman Black Green Shoes 2013 Wholesale

    Its such as you read my thoughts! You appear to understand so much about this, like you wrote the guide in it or something. I think that you just can do with a few p.c. to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, that is excellent blog…

  3. new balance sneaker herren - June 21, 2014

    new balance sneaker herren

    Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about making my own but I’m not sure where to sta…

  4. France Boutique En Ligne Nike Air Max 2014 Homme Fluorescent Vert Gris - June 21, 2014

    France Boutique En Ligne Nike Air Max 2014 Homme Fluorescent Vert Gris

    Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any trouble with hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of hard work due to no back up. Do you have any solutions to protect against hackers?

  5. nouveau maillot equipe de france pas cher - July 8, 2014

    nouveau maillot equipe de france pas cher

    I seriously love your site.. Great colors & theme. Did you build this web site yourself? Please reply back as I’m trying to create my very own blog and want to find out where you got this from or just what the theme is named. Thanks!|

  6. Gucci trolleys - July 20, 2014

    Gucci trolleys

    I have been browsing online more than 3 hours nowadays, but I by no means discovered any interesting article like yours. It is lovely value sufficient for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will p…

  7. maillots - July 22, 2014

    maillots

    Hi there! I could have sworn I’ve visited this web site before but after looking at a few of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m certainly pleased I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!|

  8. Toronto Moving Company - August 9, 2014

    Its hard to find good help

    I am regularly saying that its difficult to procure good help, but here is

  9. Rigamortis cover - August 10, 2014

    Informative and precise

    Its hard to find informative and accurate info but here I noted

  10. Amarres de amor - August 11, 2014

    Just Browsing

    While I was surfing yesterday I noticed a great post concerning

Leave a Reply

7 + 20 =