As you well know - it’s been a while since my last blog. And - thankfully, your demand for my words hasn’t yet reached a fever pitch (here’s to hoping, though!) Needless to say – it’s both embarrassment and gratitude that has me staring at a mostly blank page right now. Look – it takes a lot of time and energy to quit your life properly. . . and, besides – I’ll be doing this almost professionally here in a bit. No need to wear out my welcome for the 5 of you who read this at present, right? (:
Excuses aside – I’ll move swiftly on to the gratitude bit. . .
So – it’s just about the 11th hour. I set sail in a few days, and things are continuing to line-up. Synchronicity is nuts, ain’t it?
Though I’m reveling in the excitement of a new life, and a footloose/fancy-free first leg – I long for the days when my calendar will dictate what’s next. And with the steam I feel I’m already gaining – I can’t imagine that time is terribly far off. But before I’m immersed in THE (Yet-to-Discover) COLLECTIVE GREAT, I’d like to offer-up my love and appreciation for THE COLLECTIVE GREAT that I already live in – right here and now.
I think I sorta did this in the last post??? Well, it absolutely bears repeating a few months later, and before I depart. . .
This piece isn’t about the local orgs I’ve come to find in recent weeks; they shall each soon have their own moments of recognition. Rather – I’m acknowledging the friends and family who’ve accepted me, helped me, and supported me as we’ve brought this crazy idea to fruition.
Some are newer. . .
And some have been around longer. . .
. . .Many more aren't even present in the physical sense. . .
As I’ve experienced often-times in my life, the most difficult part of action – is action. And as I’ve been reminded each of those times, the most difficult part of staying the course – is then quieting the all-paralyzing ego.
Simply put – you’ve given me loud voices to remained focused; and I wouldn’t be poised in the catapult if not for you, the people in my life:
Everyone who has listened to me (particularly whilst watching my arms flail). . . all who have fed me (especially when I ate more than my share). . .the few who have sheltered me (I do OK at ‘earning-my-keep’ – yeah?). . .the many who’ve provided me strength in the way of hugs and hi-fives.
Finally, to all who’ve remarked ‘I wish I had the guts to do that.’ – you are doing it. This journey is us. And all you must do is stay on it - however you’re willing. We’re gonna see a lot, and learn a lot, and live a lot. As I’ve written before – I hope that through all of that – I’m able to give a little back of what you all have given me.
Thank you. Again.
I love you all.
And I’ll be seeing you (that’s ‘yinz’ for the PGH crew!) real soon. . .