2016 will always be a special year to me. It will always be the year I kayaked my first river-South Fork of the American. The year I learned how to grow a plentiful garden. The year I moved to California. The year I learned to surf. The year I celebrated my Golden Birthday with some of the greatest people I know. The year I took a step back from everything I had known and made the decision to seek out a new way of life. The year I felt the most alive, as if I had been reborn, making a year full of firsts. New places, new people, and an abundance of new challenges. With every challenge came a new perspective.
New perspectives have created a whole new outlook on life for me. Both seeing and being the highest of the high to the lowest of the low, each experience humbling in it’s own way. Compassion for the world and all it’s inhabintants grows each time a new perspective is understood.
Hopes are high for 2017 and I look forward to the new challenges, moments of joy, and moments of stillness. 2017 offers more rivers to be run, friends to connect with, places to be seen, and compassion to be shared. 2017 begins with a move to Washington, one of the most beautiful places I could imagine, as soon as the weather gives so we can begin our journey back.
Cheers to another trip around the sun!