So it’s a new year and I’ve been on a long hiatus. I’ve been working hard on the next book in the series and frankly I was exhausted from the circus that is promoting a book. I now know why when my favorite artist releases a new album they take a two year break before their next one.
The back to back of putting a book out every year for the last three years was too much. I retreated into myself, my family, and back into writing. During this time, I reconnected with some old friends who I hadn’t seen or heard from in years. They remember me from the “Good Old Days”. Isn’t that an interesting term.
I don’t look back much and if I do I tend to focus on the parts of me I’m glad I’ve shed. Unfortunately, for some people they really do believe their best days are past. They are stuck in a time warp and they want you to be stuck there too.
Maybe they subscribe to the belief that people can’t or don’t change. This is a belief that I don’t share. When I look back on who I was 20-years ago I can see how much I’ve changed. I’ve become a kinder more compassionate person. In that span of 20-years I’ve learned some hard won lessons that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I can’t go back and I don’t want to, no matter how fondly I remember my time with these friends.
I like the line from the Billy Joel song Keeping The Faith, “the good old days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems”. Sort of says it all doesn’t it.
Let’s shed the notion that days gone by are the best. Time puts a glamour or the past that isn’t real. Instead let’s look forward to what comes next. That’s what I’m going to. I’m here now and I’m ready for the challenges and triumphs that are yet to come. To all my friends past and present, I hope you’ll join me here as I am now.
Love you all!
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