Try to forget what’s in the past
Tomorrow is here
Orange sky above lighting your way
There’s nothing to fear
Birds singing a song
Old paint is peeling
This is that fresh
That fresh feeling”
I have spent the latter half of 2018 feeling worn down, but as the sun sets on the last day of the year, I am finally feeling “that fresh feeling” on the wind. Recognizing I have spent a fair bit of time lamenting the tough stuff from 2018, in an effort to end on a positive note, and a hat-tip to past Janelle for her 2018 victories, here’s a few good things worth celebrating (and some sunset photos)…
- One of the best snowboarding seasons of my life including lots of good times with awesome people at Sun Peaks, Revelstoke, Whistler, Seymour, Cypress and Baker!
- The day I did a beach sunrise and mountain sunset in the same day.
- Getting to guide some really cool, unique tours, including to Portland, the Calgary Stampede, and Drumheller (dinosaurs!!!), as well as taking on a leadership role in helping train new tour guides.
- Getting divorced, officially, which although in itself this wasn’t a good thing, the closure and freedom it brought was.
- Amazing friends surrounding me during this time, even throwing me a pinterest-perfect Divorce Party to celebrate my survival and freedom.
- Buying a motorcycle as a divorce present to myself, and going on my first long distance motorcycle adventure to the Kootenays.
- Good samaritans and serendipitous encounters with people who helped me after I crashed the aforementioned motorcycle in a literal ghost town.
- Rocking a knee scooter.
- Turning a financially stressful, deeply discouraging injury-induced situation into an opportunity for inspiration and growth in my work life.
- Building solid, positive and non-romantic relationships with amazing male friends. Granted, I have been known to lament that “nearly all the guys I know are taken or gay or both” but in many ways it has been exactly what I’ve needed… to enjoy the trust and affirmation of growing friendships without the concern/anticipation of potential romantic futures.
- Exploring romantic possibilities as opportunities to grow and heal, and having the courage to say goodbye, as well as the discernment to know when it was time to.
- Re-discovering a contentment with being single, finally feeling the scale tip from a feeling of loneliness and frustration to a feeling of freedom and hope.
- Enjoying restorative times with family and friends over the holidays.
- Finishing the year with a final sunset and an attitude of optimism for 2019!
Last sunset of 2018. Happy New Year!!!
One thought on “That Fresh Feeling”
So Happy to have spent the last couple days with you and being part of the last sunset of 2018!