141,954 words. 361 pages. One year. Lots of growth.
I started this process on October 15, 2015, with a goal to blog every day, and here I am on the other side of the goal. Victorious! I love reaching a goal, as difficult as it may be. As I was pulling the data out of my blog site, I couldn’t believe how much I had written. How many errors I saw. How I was able to let them go. Nobody died because of my typos. Nobody freaked out over some mediocre writing. Of course, some of the writing was really good, so maybe something will come out of it if I spend some more time on it.
This year has been one of amazing growth for me. I’ve had some of the toughest of days. Days I never thought I would pass through, but God has been shaping my character through each day, and I know He still has bright days ahead for me. I don’t know what they will hold, but I know something new is unfolding, like the fragile wings of a butterfly.
I hope, for those who have walking with me on this journey, that you are better a year later because of something I put down in words. I hope that you have reached out to people around you to hear their stories, and so that you could tell them yours. I hope that you have learned to give yourself more grace on this walk we’ve taken together. That you’ve reached out to old kindreds and found many new ones. That you’ve built community around you. And that you’ve freed yourself from some of the technology that has such a strong grip on your being.
This is a process that never ends. It cannot end, for the moment that it ends is the moment we lose connection with humanity, and we sink into self-pity and loneliness. It’s a daily struggle to reach out beyond ourselves and find the best in those around us. When we can do that, we find what we’ve been put on this earth to do. It is in connection that we thrive, and we can pull each other along through our daily obstacles. We need each other, and we need, now more than ever, to live our lives beyond social media to make human-to-human connection. Remember, there’s nothing wrong with social media in and of itself; but anything that takes your life hostage leaves you weak. Let us break free of the self-imposed prisons we have built, and then let us run free, but together!
I don’t know what this blog will become over the next year, but I know that I will be taking a break for a few days while I figure out the next step. Thanks for your encouragement and support, and for being my kindreds. Even the most painful journeys can be beautiful if we’re taking them together.