Today is January 1. It feels like a normal day. Yesterday’s snow is still on the ground. The clouds still hang heavy. New Years Day did not come in with a bang, eighty degree temps and sunny skies. No, January 1 of 2013 is quite the opposite. Snow lies over the ground, the needle hovers around 25 degrees and a stiff wind blows.
The year 2012 was a busy one for myself. A year ago, I was in the South American country of Paraguay. My job was being a maintenance man at a clinic for the two years previous. The work was stretching but enjoyable. In May, I returned home to Ohio. In that sense, 2012 was closure; wrapping up a long term assignment and coming home. However, 3 months later in August, I began studies at FB. This opened up a new chapter on my journey; one that I have thoroughly enjoyed so far. So 2012 was also a beginning.
Now, on the verge of winter break coming to a close, I look ahead. I’m ready to get back to school. This break has been relaxing but I’m becoming restless. It’s time to move forward; time to move ahead. Today, at the beginning of 2013, I’m looking ahead. What will 2013 be like? Will I enjoy it? What new things will I discover? What will be my regrets when, in a year, I look back on 2013? So many questions…
One book I highly anticipate reading is Aubrey Andelin’s book Man of Steel & Velvet. This book had ranked high on my book wish list for a number of year but mistakenly, I thought it was no longer in print. I had forgot about searching for it online. I discovered it in one of the libraries of my professors and promptly borrowed it from him. My intention was to read it over winter break but that never materialized. But in the weeks prior to Christmas, I was shopping for gifts and thought about searching for the book. Of course, it appeared and I promptly added it to my cart. Now, I have it and I’m looking forward to reading it in the coming weeks. It promises to be a good read.