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I didn’t want to do a ‘year in review’ type blog, because it just seemed a little too cliché for my tastes. It does seem fitting though since we’ve closed the book on 2012. Thing is, most of you know about the highlights of my year. You know that I have a nephew now, I started a new job that I love, and I’m engaged.

Here’s what I started thinking about yesterday—how quickly things change. Think back to a year ago at this time, or if you really want to put things into perspective, think back to TWO years ago. I know we’re all at different places in our lives so I can’t speak for anyone, but I’m a hell of a lot happier now than I was two years ago.

Two years ago I was at a job I’d grown to hate, I was coming off a ridiculously dysfunctional relationship, and hadn’t even met my fiancé yet. I wasn’t miserable, because I tend to be a pretty happy person, but I wasn’t overjoyed with the state of affairs at the time.

They say that life passes you by in the blink of an eye. I’m not entirely sure who ‘they’ constitutes, but I’m starting to believe them. We all have weeks that we feel take forever to be over, but at the end of a year, I oftentimes find myself thinking back over it wondering where in the world it went.

The end of a year makes me sad and happy at the same time. Sad because it’s another year in the books, but happy because of all the joy that year brought and you have no idea what the coming year has in store for you. I know for me it brings a wedding, but outside of that and established dates like holidays and birthdays—I don’t have any sort of idea what’s going to go down.

It is absolutely crazy to me the way things change, and how quickly they change. Just last night I was thinking how next year at this time I’ll have been married for almost five months and even just typing that now I’m sitting here with my jaw slightly dropped.

In church on Sunday the pastor compared life to a car ride and talked about the three views from a car. You have the view out the windshield, always looking ahead to see where you’re going. You have the view out the side windows, taking in things as they come, living in the here and now. Then you have the view from the rear window, always looking back at where you’ve been. All of us have a default view, but it’s important to remember all three—looking out the front helps us to achieve our goals, looking out the side allows us to stay grounded, looking out the rear window helps us to appreciate where we’ve come from and what we’ve been through.

So as we start this new year embrace the future, present, and past. We need all three to help us on our journey—a journey that moves way too fast as far as I’m concerned.

  1. wmarsau says:

    Great Blog! The journey is the best part and if we aren’t intentional about enjoying it, we will miss it.

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