John Clevenger
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New Year, Same Feel

It’s the a new year. Yes, I may be a month or two late to the announcement party, but the fact still remains. I’ve never been one to really subscribe to the ideology of “New Year, New Me.” I don’t think one should have to limit themselves the opportunity to change or pursue a different direction at to only the first day of January. After all, who’s to say when the new year actually starts.

It’s 2019, the days seem to fade into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years. I think it’s important to take the time and reflect and all that has passed. For example, two years ago today, I was yearning for the sight of Colorado mountains. Four years ago today, I was dealing with the absence of someone I cared very much for. Five years ago today, I found a love that I never thought would be mine. Six years ago today, I was procrastinating packing for a trip to Texas by signing country songs with a dear friend.

I share all of this to illustrate the point that one’s life journey or path isn’t a straight line as we’d like to think. it’s a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths. Sometimes we just like learning our lessons, and sometimes it takes us multiple sessions to understand the truth.

So while it’s a new year, and I feel the same, I wouldn’t say I’m the same person. I’m familiar with the feeling, but I’m not the same person I was 2, 4, 5, or 6 years ago, and I’m at peace with that. I’m going to enjoy where I am right now, but as the past. dictated, it’s all going to change eventually

I remember the first time I set sights on the Colorado mountains, I don’t think I’ll ever forget that journey West.

I remember the first time I set sights on the Colorado mountains, I don’t think I’ll ever forget that journey West.

Memories can last a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to make them.

Memories can last a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to make them.

Love with a love that will inspire others to write stories about.

Love with a love that will inspire others to write stories about.

Always take the time to sing songs with friends, especially when it’s late at night.

Always take the time to sing songs with friends, especially when it’s late at night.

John Clevenger