I guess it’s time for a year-end roundup.
So, this has been a pretty good year, all told. I turned 50 this year, which I can hardly believe. Inside, I’m still a confused kid. But, now I’m a confused kid with lots of experience.
I got engaged this year. Never thought I’d do THAT again. It feels right. We’re not perfect, but we are good for each other. We work well together, we laugh a lot and we have each other’s backs. It’s a good feeling to have someone who thinks about you and your well-being, and also to have someone to care for, sooth and protect from the big bad world. Den, you are an amazing man, and you continue to delight and amuse me as this “thing” continues to unfold.
I rediscovered painting this year, too. I’m no Picasso, but I’m getting a lot of personal satisfaction from it. Regardless of the quality of the finished product, the process is what I need at the end of the day. It brings back memories of wonderful art teachers, and wordless world of colour, light and form which is a welcome release from my over-active brain nonsense.
On the family front, I continue to be amazed by my sons and their achievements. Watching these little boys turn into men is incredible, and I am so proud of both of them, their personal moral compasses, and their dedication to society in their chosen professions. They’re also a hell of a lot of fun, really.
Also happy that my Dad has found a new lease on life in the form of an old flame. He’s weathered some health concerns, too, and is doing well.
Also, can’t say enough how much my relationships with my brother Tim and his wonderful family mean to me. They are a special warm centre in my life, and a visit to them is always life-affirming, watching the kids grow and find their own grooves.
Still at the gym. I fall down, sometimes, but I feel strong and well and energetic.
Some changes at work. Still in the same position, but I feel now like I’ve been heard, and like I’m no longer just a workhorse. Feeling a little more respected and appreciated, and still so happy with the awesome, drama-free team that I’m privileged to be part of. Love to all my colleagues. You are the best.
And really, that’s about it. Sometimes I slip back, sometimes things are frustrating. But all in all, this is an amazing life.
“Only connect.” Connection and creation, appreciation and love all around. That’s what matters.