As The Years Go Passing By

KaleighThis year will always be remembered by my wife & I as “The Year of the Grandchild.” From waking up in the middle of a cold January night and getting to the hospital just before she was born, to watching all of her firsts over the course of the last twelve months, to getting ready for her first birthday in a few weeks, it’s pretty much been “all Kayleigh, all the time!”.

Not all the highlights of the past year had something to do with our granddaughter, however. We managed to finally pay off the mortgage, we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and I celebrated 30 years working for the same company. I attended the 2014 Philcon, a local science fiction conference, and met quite a few interesting people. I was also able to spend more time (and money) cultivating my newest hobby, listening to the Blues.

The year hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns, though. I slipped and fell on the ice in my driveway early in the year causing some permanent damage to my ulnar nerve. I was in an accident over Memorial Day weekend that totaled my car; thankfully I only suffered a scrape or two. I also lost one of my dear cousins to cancer at 50; he was the first in my generation of the family to pass.

On a much less important note, my recreational reading took a bit of a downturn this year and I’ve only written about half the number posts this year than I did in 2013. I’m going to adjust my reading goals for 2015, mostly so that the number of books I read next year isn’t my main focus. As far as writing goes, I’ll have a few thinks about it and decide what, if anything, I want to do.

So 2014 has had plenty of ups and downs, just like all the years before it and all the ones that are on their way. As always, the key isn’t what happens to you during the year, it’s how you handle both the good and the bad that really matters.

Here’s hoping you have a great 2015 on your horizon!