Am I the only one who is in utter disbelief that 20 years passed by so quickly? Weren't we all just saying "Y2K," freaking out about the computer bug and singing Prince's song "1999? Back then, I was working for state government as a secretary. They sent me to the office right before midnight on New Years Eve to sit there and watch the office computers in case they blew up. Like I could do anything about it if they did! Fire extinguisher? Garden hose? Bucket of water? LOL! So ridiculous.
How times have changed. Heck, it's hard to believe I have had this little old blog for 12 years! Technology and information seems to come faster and faster and honestly, it wears me out some days. I find I miss the blogging days between 2007 and 2010. Those were the days before Facebook really took off. It was so fun and inspiring in blog land. I met the best people, learned interesting things, traveled without ever leaving my house and made lifelong friends. The closeness of us all back then was so comforting and kind. No ads flashing in our faces, no counting "Likes" or getting friend requests from strange men in Egypt (creepy!) and no algorithms controlled by people who sell your information. None of that at all. There were just friends who liked the same things. Friends who came by to visit each week to catch up and leave a kind comment or two.
But alas, things change and nothing gold can stay.
I've never been one to make New Year's resolutions. To think of all the stuff I screwed up during the year and then head into the new year feeling the need to "resolve" them like cat barf stains on the carpet. No thank you. To me, setting goals is much more fun and positive. In addition to setting goals, I love to have a focus word for the year. I usually just let the word come to me and this year the word that came was "Trust."
I read this piece by Brianna Wiest.
"When it is time for something new, you will feel it. You will feel a desire to let go, to shed layers, to move, to re-create. You will know because there will be subtle shifts all around you. You will release the old because you are really clearing the path for what's ahead. Trust this process. Know that life does not take from us anything unless there is something else immediately awaiting its replacement."
That really spoke to me as I contemplated changes I wanted to make and goals I wanted to set going into this next decade. Trust can be hard especially when one has been burned and learned things the hard way so many times. But, I've decided I will just Trust the path and Trust the next chapter because I know the author. ;)
Happy New Year dear ones. I'll see ya right back here next Wednesday with a tale about three of my lifelong friends and a trip across the pond.