Spiritually, the past twelve months have been prosperous. I've grown ever more confident and comfortable when discussing my beliefs with others and am officially and completely out of whatever broom closet I may have been in. I've had the pleasure of meeting so many other pagans and have had the opportunity to learn about other paths and beliefs that I would never have been able to do other wise.
Artistically, I took a huge leap of faith and opened an Etsy shop to take the first steps in supporting myself through something I truly love to do. I also had the opportunity to visit several captivating abandoned places which I enjoyed exploring and photographing.
Tonight however, isn't just the close of a year, but the close of a decade. A decade that held so much growth and change for me. Over the past decade I got my driver's license, became an adult, graduated high school, became old enough to drink. I moved to another state (and consequently back home again), dated a few different people... one who introduced me to my love of photography and the abandoned and is one of the best friends I've ever had, and another whom I subsequently married. I fell to the alcoholism and saved myself from it all on my own. Three atrocious Star Wars prequels came out. I made the first steps down my chosen pagan path. I moved out of my parent's home. I got my first tattoo... quickly followed by 12 more. I've lost friends and loved ones and gained a whole lot of weight. ;)
To celebrate, a brief glimpse at the past twelve months:
So while I will be happy to see 2009 go the way of the dodo, I will look back on the past ten years with fondness and possibly a twinge or two of sadness. So, I'll raise a glass at midnight to acknowledge where I came from as well as where I'm going.