So 2017 is coming to a close…
Wow, where did the time go?
In late 2016 someone I don’t even know reached out to me and changed my life forever. All I know her as is “Chelsea Relano” (though I believe that to be a psuedonym). She told me she was opening a door for me, and it was up to me to decide if I wanted to step through it.
Well, step through it I did. And although in the short term it threw my life into chaos, in the long term it will position me to live the sort of life I have always believed possible – a life of love (I hope 😊).
2017 has been a year of significant change in my life.
After spending much of the last decade plus where my identity was primarily defined by being a dad, I’ve re-defined what it means to be “me”.
I’ve focused on my education, almost completing a certification.
I’ve taken on additional responsibilities in my job, and although it can be stressful at times my job is somewhat of an extended family, and not just somewhere I go to pay the bills.
As a father, I’ve had some of my most difficult moments this past year; trying to support and help my children through the changes in their lives. But although they haven’t always been easy, these moments have also been some of my most rewarding. I’ve watched my children grow and I am beyond proud of them and the young men they are growing into.
This past fall I lost my last grandparent, marking the end of that generation in my life. My parents are officially the “old generation”, my siblings and I are approaching our middle years, and their children and mine are transitioning to young adults (my oldest neice will graduate from high school this year!!!).
I took my first ever solo trip this year, heading off on a two week tour of China. I wasn’t sure of what to expect going in, but it was something I needed to do at that time. I met some great people and had some amazing experiences; and I hope to continue travelling in the coming years. My travel bucket list has always been extensive, and although it just seems to grow I will hopefully make a dent in it in the coming years.
Less than a month ago I was in what could have been a very serious accident. Although my car was wrecked, I walked away unscathed. It was a reminder of my mortality, and that we should never leave things unsaid.
I also re-entered the world of dating, though that’s a story for another day 😊.
2017 has seen many changes for me, and really, almost all of the change has been positive.
There have been some bumps along the way, and there always will be. But looking back I feel blessed. My life is my journey, and I try to live it well.
I look at who I was at the start of the year and who I am today, and I can truly say I’ve grown. At the end of the day, I think that’s all you can really ask for.
Going into 2018, I know there is a lot more change ahead of me. But that’s alright, because in life change is one of the few things we can actually count on.
Things happen, and people are always changing.
We can either fight against it and try to hold onto what our lives “used to be”. Or we can embrace it, and try to enjoy the journey of what we are always becoming.
To Chelsea, whoever/wherever you are, thank you. That door wasn’t easy to face, but it was a needed step in my journey.
I know my blogging has slowed recently, but that’s primarily because my computer died in early October, and events of recent months have kept me busy.
Blogging for me has been a great outlet these past few years, and my little community of readers has definitely help me transition through the changes in my life.
So to all of you, thank you; and know that I’m not going anywhere (blogging wise).
To everyone out there I hope you had a great 2017; and all the best as we move into 2018!