Chapter 12

As I turned my eyes toward December, I found myself looking back on the previous 11 months and looking forward to what the final month may have in store. As I began to make plans for how I wanted to spend the upcoming month, I was reminded that this December is different than the previous ones. The December ushers out not only the past year, but also the past decade.

As I began to wrap my brain around the realization that the end of a decade is upon us, I became overwhelmed by how much has changed since this decade began. I barely recognize my life of 10 years ago. Everything has changed. My marital status. My career path. My emotional and physical health and well-being. My personal and professional relationships. My place of residence. Everything.

This past decade was the most challenging one of my life, and it nearly destroyed me. There were many times that I feared that I would not survive, and other times, when, I didn’t necessarily want to live. Slowly, excruciatingly slowly, with a great deal of support, I made it to this last month.

Not only did I survive, but in the latter part of this decade, much to my own surprise, I began to thrive. Life is not perfect, and neither am I, but we have forged a perfectly imperfect union that serves me quite well now.

It is my greatest desire to carry the positive intentions and momentum of the end of this decade into the new decade. As we close this last chapter of the year and the decade, I am determined to use these next 31 days for closure and for preparation. The end may be near, but it is really only the beginning. This time, I am ready.

That’s another story. . .

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