Year End, New Beginnings!

2013 comes to a close at midnight tonight, bringing in 2014! Yay!!!  I have been mulling over the last year, wishing I could have done some things differently, but accepting that things go as they go, and it’s ME who should be my own catalyst for change.  I have changed considerably in 2013, grown exponentially in my own opinion.  Learned some good lessons, and taken lots of notes!  I’ve written quite frequently, but over the last few months I have not shared much of my writings publically here or elsewhere…I needed to just be with my own thoughts for a while.  Perhaps I shall post some of them in January 2014 if I feel compelled.

A historic year for LGBT rights, 2013 brought us to a total of 17 states and the District of Columbia recognizing same-sex-marriage legally.  Our military now provides partner benefits to those legally married; we struck down DOMA and had many public figures publically come out.  Yes, it was a very historic year, perhaps the most so since the Stonewall Riots of 1968. I am proud to have seen this year’s progress, but continue to wish for absolute equality for all people everywhere.  Perhaps a fable kind of wish, but still….

Personally 2013 was a better year all around for me than 2012.  Some very sad moments, like the passing of my family’s matriarch, Aunt Sissy in April 2013 and watching my parents cope with the loss of one of their beloved Chihuahuas so near to Christmas time and a few others, did occur this year, but overall it was a good year – and one I shall remember.  My health has been fairly stable, I got a sweet part time job at Home Depot that I really love and I have the love of my awesome family and friends to celebrate.

I am welcoming in 2014 with the very best of intentions and aspirations!  I will write more, I will read more, and I will continue to smile and be grateful for all that I am blessed with in this life.  Every day is a new voyage forward, and I am the captain of this ship! Image