Is anybody still out there?
I realize I’ve been gone for a couple of months. I wish I could say there’s a good reason for my absence, but there really isn’t.
After the all the energy leading up to the election, I just felt like I wanted to take a break from everything. Since we were getting into the holidays, it seemed like the timing was perfect for taking an internet vacation.
No Facebook, no blogging, I didn’t even haunt the sites that I usually follow. Basically, I read a lot, spent time with family and caught up on my Netflix queue.
Hopefully everybody’s holidays went well. I hosted eight people for Thanksgiving this past year. Terry cooked an amazing meal and we had some new guests over to the house, which made for a very pleasant day of good conversation, drinking copious amounts of red wine and eating entirely too much food.
My mom came to visit the States for her holiday break from Beijing. She split her time between my brother’s family in Portland, Oregon and my sister and I here in New England. Although it was a shorter visit than her summer-time jaunts, it was still a wonderful, warm time.
It’s funny when you take a break like I’ve done. You start to wonder if anybody actually misses your voice or thoughts. Whether what you’ve been putting out there is worth anything to anybody else. So, it was very reassuring to get a note from one of my friends checking in with me. Sometimes, it’s nice to be reminded that there’s someone who notices your absence.
I’ll admit that I’ve been feeling a bit restless since the New Year. I’m not one to make annual resolutions, but I feel like there are things that I should probably get working on. I’m 35 years old now. Will there be any other time to start these these things that I’ve had rolling around in my mind? How do I even take those first steps and how do I get over the feeling that it’s all too late before it’s even begun?
So, maybe you could say that I’ve been taking a break to try and get my thoughts in order. I go through these phases once in awhile where I just stop everything and try to assess what my situation is. Too often, I find myself taking one foot in front of the other, day in and day out…and forget to look up and see where the path is taking me.
Well I’m back on the trail and ready to keep walking. Let’s see where it takes us this year, shall we?