This year has been a challenge! Unique in that is was a challenge for pretty much every human on earth and yet felt so personal...at least in my own experience.
I could rail against all the injustice. All the wrong and terrible things that happened to me personally, our country and in the world but would any good come from that?
For me, this year forced me to take a hard look at where I was in my life and where I was headed and what I really wanted. Looking back; I had a successful business, happy clients, great therapists I got to work with, a wonderful community and amazing and caring friends I had the pleasure of spending time with...then COVID!
It is amazing how much has to happen to make changes. It took this kind of pandemic to cause me to re-evaluate what was important. I've always said how much I love my son and how much I miss him and his family, but I really loved my comfortable little life without any big adjustments or having to move out of my comfort zones. Oh sure, I had things I wanted to accomplish but realistically, how much effort was I putting in to actually doing the hard work?
By September so many things had piled up that I couldn't ignore that I needed to make a decision about where my life was going and what was REALLY important to me. ACTION NOT WORDS!
Nothing was working to keep things going. Too many problems kept cropping up and the rug pulled out from under me...I was forced to make drastic choices...
In spite of all of what 2020 threw at me, I can say it was a good thing.
I have relocated to a tiny town of 5300 people in upper Missouri and am 10 minutes from my son and grand daughters. I work at a small and locally owned hardware store and I'm exploring the possibilities in a completely new culture and lifestyle.
I have no idea where this is headed, but am trusting that I will end up in a better and happier place...so far, so good.
A while ago, several family members were sitting around and complaining about all they had endured so far. My daughter-in-law said, "Not for me. 2020 has been a great year. My husband is home more, I started a job I like and my family is closer." She made a good point. It has been a year of challenge but maybe there was a lot of good that was the result?
My hope is that you also have blessings as a result of the difficulties of this year and can reflect in gratitude. Happy 2021 to all of you and a big virtual hug!!!
P.S. Yes, I took a break. Several people contacted me asking that I continue writing...how humbling. I am so grateful for those that actually read this.