How do you measure up?
Dan Joseph Architects
Tired, perhaps even a little sore you rise for another morning, one more cup of coffee and a tense commute to the office...the trip home will likely be more of the same. Undoubtedly, the sacrifices have all been worth while; the kids are in college or have transitioned into promising careers, the mortgage is manageable and a little personal time for reflection seems to be more of the norm.
So what will be next in the grand scheme of things? If you are like me, “quality of life” seems to occupy my thoughts more than I’d care to admit.
Pausing for just a moment, go find a tape measure; put your left thumb on your current age and place your right say on 75. This approach provides a great visual for really comprehending the number of quality years remaining as contrasted to say an average person. Now let’s take that number and convert them into summers. And so there it is...if your remaining life was measured in summers, where would you spend them?
For me remote jagged mountains and blue skies speak to my most inner passion and love of life. There are few other places that really affect me as deeply and spiritually as does our unspoiled western landscapes of the Rocky Mountains; and very few that speak as loudly as Jackson Hole’s Bar BC Ranch (see pic inset).
Small describes best how I feel when visiting this very special community; an historical 1,400 acre Ranch located in one of Wyoming’s most scenic corridors and at the confluence of the Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers. It doesn’t really matter what your life’s circumstance may be...the Teton Mountain Range, Teton National Park and blue skies for as far as the eye can see will absolutely command your attention.
In final word, I find it comforting knowing that some things are difficult to measure in years or inches; that there are ridgelines and river bottoms I may never walk, snow flakes and fish I’ll never catch...and just knowing that they exist certainly adds to my quality of life; God willing...the remainder of my summers will be spent in the splendor of our beautiful American West.
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Daniel Joseph Turvey, AIA
Award Winning Architect & Construction Adminitrator