What a Difference a Year Makes

I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about today. There were a couple of ideas cooking, but, then, I saw Wonder Woman over the weekend (Which was awesome! You should go see it!) and, then, just this morning, I saw the announcement that Jodie Whittaker had been cast as the 13th Doctor.

Both the movie and the announcement (and the intro video) had a heavier impact on me that I expected them to and I’ll have to unpack that some.

And that dovetails into today’s post.

There are only two times during the year that I tend to really get introspective.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m almost constantly looking inward, but there are times where I feel the need to bring a stop to the day-to-day and consciously devote some time to examining where I am, where I’ve been, where I’m going, what I’m thinking, and what I’m feeling.

All that stuff.

Those times are around the turn of the year and my birthday.

This past Friday I turned 47. Last year, about this time, I blogged about my 46th birthday, so I went back and read that post to do a little comparison.

Here are some of the similarities:

  • I wrote on my birthday.
  • Epic grill-fest
  • Blogging

I can’t remember if we went to the movies last year. I don’t think so. I didn’t get out all that often.

Here are some of the differences:

  • I didn’t have an agent, then.
  • Playing the guitar has kinda fallen by the wayside. I’ve got a pretty bad case of carpal tunnel and my fingers start to weaken and go numb (while my wrists start hurting).
  • I get out more often.
  • RUGBY!!!

And that’s scratching the surface.

Suffice it to say that I’m still on the path – farther along than I had been this time last year. I’m still chasing the dream and, like the rest of us, I’m still dealing with resistance and things that want me to falter.

The dream is a long game. It’s good to keep that in mind while you’re taking things one step at a time, one day at a time.

So I’m going to end this the same way I ended a similar post a year ago.

Chase your dreams. Find the things that bring you joy and fill your life with them. Go out and get your happiness, and good on ya for taking steps along the path.


Good Luck!


Time: 2:56 pm-ish

Music: Blind Guardian – Fly