It’s January, a new year. I’ve spent the last couple weeks in reflection of the last year. I’ve also spent a great deal of time looking ahead to this year.
Life is more than just an adventure. It is more than finding the next path or closing a chapter and opening a new one. It is a path of discovery. And I don’t speak of outside discovery alone, rather something inward. The discovery, it’s on-going. It doesn’t end when adulthood is reached. There isn’t a finish line of discovery or an ending point of complete realization.
This last year re-enforced that axiom. 2014 was a year of … self discovery. I learned more about my inner soul than perhaps I have at anytime. I discovered the very core of some of my emotions and passions. I delved into the abyss of my mind and faced myself. It wasn’t pretty. But facing myself, and my emotions provided me a sense of peace.
Am I there yet – to the end of self-discovery? Not even close. I’ve barely skimmed the surface. Am I a better man? Yes, yes I am.
The year 2014 also saw death drape its dim cloak over my surroundings. From a co-worker, here one day, gone the next; To my grandmother. I watched the veil thin and remove itself from her as she embraced passing. I humbly and with great emotion shared in memories that flooded my mind of my youth, and the wisdom that she passed on to me at early stages of my life. I stood with love and reverence in her legacy, my father.
I’ve declared 2014 as the Year of Morality, for me. I learned more about my physical thresholds than ever before. Yes, mortality has taught me a humble lesson.
And finally, the year taught me about myself as a creator and a writer. I met with challenges, failed the majority of them. But I learned the power of endurance and steadfastness.
A NEW year. NEW possibilities. New opportunities. The future is rich with treasures untold. I’ve begun this year with a new-found energy to press forward. I’ve discovered new avenues to channel my creative soul and even found ways to challenge myself to new heights of consistency. I started a new weekly column for a sports blog I write and edit for. The column pushes my limits and requires me to tap into my mind more frequently and with more precision. It pushes me to be more consistent as a writer. I was challenged in 2014 by the owner of the site to drive myself to new levels. And, I can say I’ve done so and continue to do so. It’s invigorating.
My mind flows with endless stories, and immense potential. I realize this now more than ever.
I joined a friend in beginning a new podcast, allowing me to discuss things that are a passion to me, sports and pop culture. In the process it allows me to be me at a new level. It too, pushes my limits of thinking.
And most importantly, this year gives me a new opportunity to be a better father and husband. I can write a new chapter. I get to be the best me yet. And why not? What do I have to lose? Nothing. But I have a new world to gain.
So, here’s to a new year. Here’s to new challenges. Here’s to all of you, joining me in making 2015 the best year ever.
Become the best you! Write a new brilliant chapter in your book of life! I can’t wait to live it, along with you.
May the Force be with you all …