I’m beginning the new year ironically in a similar way to the past one, but I’d say on a better note. I rang in 2021 on the road, headed back to my new home in Montana. I was forced to make a sudden trip to my hometown in Southern California the day after Christmas. And on January 2nd, 2022 it hits me that I’m in my truck again flying down the highway. Instead of heading back to MT exhausted, I’m well slept and now making the eight hour drive to Washington. Again, to help my father.
The past year was my first full one in my new home and state. It was a pretty fun and interesting one. We got to enjoy the outdoors a bunch, certainly in a much different and easier ways compared to NYC. We’ve also seen and learned various weird cultural things in the Rockies. By the end of it we’d made a fair amount of new friends. I know I’ve already begun some great relationships. It’s wild to see what a year can bring.
If I were to distill 2021 into a word, I’d say it’s “relationships.” I’ve had to navigate a variety of them the past year, including the one with myself at times. I asked myself questions about what was right or needed. Then there were times I needed to build some distance into relationships with others for my own sanity. I was juggling a lot and some relationships just weren’t helping. Others were supportive and even solidified throughout the year.
So, as I think back on 2021 and the adventures I had with my wife, friends, as well as new characters, I’ll work to remember relationships. The new year is still vary uncertain in a number of ways for numerous people right now. But I’m looking forward to new journeys and always thinking of the value of those around me.