Thanksgiving week already! Wow! This time of year makes me reflective. 2018 has been good to me. I’ve done a ton of riding and traveling – (two of the things I love most). I’ve met several BON friends face to face this year – (thank you for your friendship). I’ve made new, as well as strengthened ongoing friendships - on BON and IRL.
I’ve learned some valuable things - about myself, others, and life in general – I’ve become more solid in who I am, what I value, who I desire to be and what I do and don’t want in my life. In the learning, I’ve sometimes “dipped a toe” into a new experience – only to determine it wasn’t for me. At different times, I’ve been tested, annoyed, delighted, sad, amused and entertained. But, mainly, I’ve found internal peace, laughter, some amazing conversation and a couple connections that mean a great deal to me.
I’ve also found ‘as we grow’, sometimes we begin walking a path, which leaves others behind. This makes neither person ‘bad’ or ‘less’, it just means our walk together has ended. Life is a balance of holding on – and of letting go. Letting go is one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned. I’m also working on patience – that has never been my strong suite; but, as a friend frequently reminds me, “All things in due time.”
My path crossed briefly with a few BON “friends” – sometimes just online, and in at least one case - face to face - but then our paths diverged. Friendship and/or contact didn’t ‘stick’. That’s completely OK. It just signifies it’s time to ‘let go’ so I’ll soon be trimming my friends list. To those few, I wish you good fortune and as a good-bye, I will say, “No harm, no foul. Be well. Be happy.“
Others here have become very important to me and even moreso as the year continued. You know who you are – and from the bottom of my heart, I am filled with gratitude and thankful for your friendship and our connection.
To everyone who has been part of my 2018 journey and to all who continue to “walk” beside me in some fashion in 2019, thank you for ‘showing up’. Regardless of where your personal journey takes you, beside mine in some fashion or in a completely different direction - I wish you all love and light.