Well hello again – Happy New Year!
Four years ago I took a break from blogging to focus on a few things. During that time, many other things happened, so I’m still working on the things I was going to focus on back then. Looking back, it was a wild ride. Good things, including meeting my amazing fiancée Leah and finding a job that I actually enjoyed doing in a career that was never really my preferred one. Naturally, the cosmic balance must be maintained and so along with the good came the bad.
A back injury Leah sustained before we met reared its ugly head again, ending in surgery after about a year of continued pain and numerous trips to the Emergency Unit at our local hospital. The past three years have been a little tougher than we’d have liked – health and professional issues have been pretty much the standard fare for us in the recent past but we’ve battled it all together and have become stronger both as a couple and as individuals, which is très importante.
Last year was particularly rough for us – we’ve decided to delay our wedding for the second time so that we can regroup and mount a concerted assault on our personal and combined goals this year. For us, 2018 WILL be a positive year. The past three years have been a real struggle but there is also a lot to be grateful for. Leah and I have been pushed, pulled, tripped and kicked to our limits and through it all we have gained strength.
This year, I have a number of personal goals. Some I’ve achieved before, which gives me the confidence to repeat that success. Others, like picking up this blog again, may take a little more effort but I am determined to make more positive changes and writing was always something I enjoyed. Now is the time for me to let my rebellious inner child remind me that I don’t have to listen to that voice that tells me I can’t possibly succeed. Instead, I will give him my complete and undivided attention when he yells into my heart that I AM ABLE.
2018 will be a great year. The beginning of a new lifestyle for me, something I understand and wholeheartedly accept will cause some short term discomfort but undeniable long-term benefit. I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolution kind of guy, but I can see that some people may read this, posted on January 1st, and believe it to be the short-lived assertion of a 41 year old man who may already be too set in his ways to make the changes he is aspiring to.
Me though – I look at those around me who inspire me. My family and friends who, at varying ages, continually inspire me with their own courageous lives. I take pride in knowing that I am lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing human beings, and I will look to them to remind myself that I deserve to be a better human being.