Tuesday, September 21, 2010
A year ago I wrote a post declaring this would be the best year of my life. Looking back I have to wonder a bit at my boldness, I had no real expectations that anything big was coming down the road when I made the prediction, just a determination to make it so. The past couple of months as I've felt the anniversary of that post getting closer, I've found myself wondering if I made it true.
In reviewing my year, I can't say that there have been any big changes in my life. I haven't gotten a promotion - although I unexpectedly got to spend most of the year in the US instead of India, which has been a nice treat. I've done some fun weekend travel - Thailand, Nashville, Ashville, Cumberland Falls, Shaker Village and Red River Gorge, but no big travel adventures as in past years. I haven't met "the one" but I'm still looking.
Still, I've come to the conclusion that in many ways this has been the greatest year of my life. Not because of something external that happened or something I've been given, but because of the peace I've found within myself. For the first time in my life I feel comfortable in my own skin. I can honestly say I like the woman I've become, I enjoy the life I live, and, while I still have many goals I want to accomplish, I know I'm on the path to do so.
The photo above was taken by a German girl I met on my hike this weekend, it is straight out of the camera, showing me exactly as I am today. A year ago I never would have posted a photo of just me, in all my imperfections out here for everyone to see. But this year, it somehow feels right. Here is hoping the next year is even better, but no matter what, I have a feeling I'll enjoy the journey.
This lovely song by Tina Dico may just be my theme song for the next year: