Monday, January 03, 2011
Happy New Year to all of my readers. 2010 was a year that I am very glad to put in the past. I don't think I have had a year like the last one in many many years and without going into details, I hope it is many years before another stinker of a year like 2010 occurs again. It is not that last year did not hold much promise as I had a new book out with great reviews and had some good things planned but sometimes things don't work as they are planned.
This is partly what worries me about my upcoming year. I again have good plans, very ambitious plans to sell my house of 11 years, change cities from where I now live in New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida at least three hours away. A new city, new job, new house, and new friends is a big change, one that many of us these days go through at least a couple of times in our lives. Many folks do the bulk of their moving around when they are in their twenties and thirties and tend to move less as they grow older. This has been my case as I have moved into a different house twice in the last 25 years and have changed cities 2 times in close to forty years.
Time seems to accelerate as I grow older. It seems as though the years speed by. It is not unusual now, due primarily to Facebook, to see or hear from old friends that I knew over forty years ago. It is amazing what that amount of time can do to our bodies, hair and facial figures. Sometimes I am hard pressed to recognize an old friend but if I look close I can normally find that long lost person in their eyes. We may grow wider and grayer but our eyes are still the window to our souls.
So here is to a new year with new promise and probably many new surprises. I hope this will be the last or next to the last move of my life. I hope I find peace of mind and a way to feel like I am accomplishing something as I approach the twilight years of my life. Only time will tell, so let's get this year in motion. Anyone want to buy a beautiful mid 19th century house that is a 5 minute walk from the bustling music scene on Frenchmen Street and right next to the French Quarter in New Orleans?