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Catching a rainbow

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The mist is lifting slowly, I can see the way ahead
And I’ve left behind the emptiness that once defined my life…

A return visit to Niagara Falls

It’s time for a more upbeat post. I’m sat here in Ajax, Ontario enjoying spending yet more time with my extended family. David and Pat feel like family, there’s a closeness and warmth here that makes me feel safe and secure. I’m happy, I really am happy. My guardian Angel left last week to continue her own journey, and while I found the parting extremely painful, I was so glad to see how she had grown in our week together. I have no doubt she will work out some of her own problems and my one wish is to see her reach full potential. You have a very special gift AJ, please make the most of it. I miss you.

My own recovery is a slow affair. The shoulder is taking a long time to heal and I’m still unable to use the arm (don’t let the picture below fool you). I do now have some painkillers that take the edge off, so I am getting relief, just not enough. So all this time is giving me a chance to catch up on jobs I’ve been putting off, like re-indexing my (over 6,000) photos after a hard drive failure. This was a disaster and I’m still recovering many of my early images, so I can put together the books I keep talking about. These will be completed while here in Toronto, so it’s something for my many followers to look forward to.

How could I resist this opportunity?

Speaking of my followers, I’d like to thank many of you. I have some really good friends and I have many others who regularly post on my Facebook page, wishing me well. After the trials I’ve been through, the friends I really value are those who listened to what was said and respected my need to sort myself out. You gave me time and space without intruding. This must have been incredibly difficult for many of you as I truly know how much you care, but it means so much to me that you respected my wishes and I know you were always there if I needed you. I love you all.

I returned to Toronto because it seemed wise to have friends and family around me and it is one of the cities I most enjoy here in Canada. It just feels right to be here, so I’ll be using this as a base to go further afield and explore. I don’t think I could ever give up my cycling, after all I truly believe it is keeping me alive, but I could easily settle here and use it as a base to continue touring. Food for thought as I try and change the future I had mapped out for myself.

Downtown Toronto

So I’m in a much better frame of mind. I’m doing things I enjoy and I’m happy. Thank you all for supporting me, it has been by far one of the most difficult periods in my life and I’ve come through it, with your help and kindness. The journey continues…

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm

You should do whatever makes you happy Derek, if its Canada! so be it…

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Linda, if someone (a lady) should make me a better offer, I’d seriously consider it! 🙂

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Good man, Derek! I am so pleased that you are brighter than you were before. You just keep on looking after yourself and getting better at your own pace and let’s face it there are plenty of places far worse than Canada to be recuperating. Love you Derek.

David B.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Mr Boocock,
Good to see you back (almost!) on track!
I hope you’ll be able to get back on your bike soon, maybe you’ll need a fat bike somedays if you stay around during winter…ohhhh, those canadian winters!
From now on, safe travels to you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm

Good to hear that things are looking up. Enjoy the rest.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Miss you Derek and you always have a place in Vancouver. Ira (from Ira and Rachel in Beijing).

    Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Great to hear from you Ira. It would be lovely to see you again too… I’m truly lost.

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