old lane sign?
Yeah, I definitely NEVER knew what the heck that song meant. But it’s “Auld Lang Syne”, a farewell to notable occasions of sorts, meaning more literally, “days gone by.” When I think of that song, I automatically think of the ending scene of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
I love looking back over a year. You can see the span of time, and I always feel like things make a little more sense. You can shake your head in disbelief, smile, and appreciate everything that happened – the good and bad.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
I definitely could not have predicted that this year:
– In January I would move in with two strangers I found via Facebook [and didn’t meet beforehand], and it would turn out to be a great move and experience.
– In March I would pull off a World Water Day KC shindig at Crosstown Station with Barclay Martin Ensemble and Oriole Post. New friends, big event.
– I would get to travel to Denver, New York City, Tulsa, Ft. Worth, Columbia, Memphis, and Charleston, experiencing those places for several days with some of my best friends.
– I would discover some of my favorite music to date! And get to see a few of them in concert: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and Andrew Bird. Awesome sauce.
– In July, WaterPartners [co-founded by Gary White] would merge with H20 Africa [founded by Matt Damon] to become Water.org! Talk about a game-changer.
– In August, work and my homestead would simultaneously move downtown. I now have a life of view from the 11th floor in our place, and 18th at work. Now I get to live with a best friend from college who never fails to make me laugh.
– I could lose count of all the weddings I’ve been a part of. Participating in the love and new adventure of great friends has continually been a blessing.
– I would try BOXING. And fall in love. I had never punched anything as hard as I could – man, I had been missing out. Wish I found this outlet years ago.
– I would be blessed with the new friends I’ve made, relationships that have deepened with co-workers and old friends…I could say so much here.
– I would say goodbye to wheat/gluten, dairy, sugar, eggs, corn, coffee, and alcohol. At least for a few months as I’m on the path to detoxification and healing naturally from my painful, punk eczema. On the path with some testing and more doc appointment ahead, so we’ll see how it all plays out in the months to come.
– As of TODAY, I would complete the first year of my first full-time job! It was packed full action and learning. I could write a book.
To name a few…wow.
We’re all traveling somewhere with the life we lead, the choices we make. I take comfort in knowing that this is a journey, not about arriving. I take comfort in knowing that as much as I plan or try to figure out what’s ahead, I have NO IDEA. As I think back over the years I’ve been given, I am in complete AWE of the adventures and relationships and experiences I’ve had! Simply amazing. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.” [1 Corinthians 2:9]
Cheers to a great year, cheers to all that is to come!