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Ring in 2015 and let slip away the old. While most are probably concentrating on New Year’s Resolutions they likely won’t keep very long and finding somebody nearby for a celebratory kiss at midnight, some ask ourselves what it’s really all about. It’s all about old friends and new ones we haven’t yet met. It’s about life, love, living and growing. ‘Auld Lang Syne’ the grand ole song we sing every New Years Eve at midnight is a reminder to remember and cherish old friendships, good deeds and toast health and good will for the year ahead. That toast, of course, is better when accompanied by a glass/bottle of champagne or in some cases, mine being one, a chilled cranberry juice because there are just some things I won’t ever be able to do on a daily basis. And you know what? I’m okay with that. I am reminded of all I do have and truly have difficulty remember what I don’t.
There was a time when I longed for nothing because I felt I deserved nothing. That is a time that is behind me now but one I will never forget because the moment I forget I am destined to relive it. It took me a whole lot of crying, fighting, faking it and growing until I could make it to the point I could look in a mirror and say ‘hey I like you kid’. I finally reached that point when I finally decided to take direction from a couple of guys named Bill W. and Doctor Bob. Two men I have never met but men who left me and a host of others the gift of way to live life on life’s terms and in doing so live on my own terms. I learned I have to give it away to keep it.
It’s pretty simple when I break it down. I have everything I ever asked the Good Lord for and then some. I have freedom, family, love and happiness. I never imagined ten years ago that God would give me exactly what I asked for. The ability to live between my two favorite places and spend time with the people I love in both. I have been blessed with the opportunity of choice and a good fortune to do for my loved ones some of the things they cannot do for themselves. I have great friends, and interesting life experiences. Experiences that most people would give anything to have and ya know what, I’m just getting started.
There is a whole world out there waiting to be discovered and it’s waiting for me. Things to see and things to do. New experiences to be lived and new choices to be made. This is gonna be a good year and I’m going to reach some of the biggest goals of my life and for the first time I’m ready for them. So pay attention world I have things to say and do and things to share and impart on others. I opened the year 2014 writing and I’m opening this year the same way. There’s gonna be a whole lot more in between. Welcome 2015 I’m ready for you so here I come!