From The Storyteller
Dec. 31, 2018, New Year 2019
It’s my morning coffee outing, and I am sitting at a table next to three young women (Texas Tech provides an ample supply of young people drinking coffee). One is excited about moving the upcoming weekend. She is detailing her packing techniques so they can find their important stuff quickly (who they “is” remained unclear), and sharing details of a wonderful two bedroom house in Amarillo that is to be their new home.
I am smiling because it’s been 18 months, since Elaine and I moved to Lubbock, and we still haven’t unpacked everything. Then the excitement in her voice reminds me of something from my life. For her, this move is something in the category of a huge rite of passage. She is telling the world, “I’m an adult”.
Her excitement reminds me of how it felt when I claimed that title. It was as if I went to bed a young adult, and woke up the next morning and the word “young” had been erased from my life. I was acutely aware that the days of me getting a “pass” because of my age - were over. The silent sound of the buck passing was now going to stop with me. It was definitely an OMG moment. Which leads me to the coming New Year and all that it offers.
What words will be added to my life and what words will be removed are unknown – change will happen. Whether they are eye opening OMG changes, or gentle amen changes, only time will tell. My desire is to celebrate each with a positive sense of anticipation, and a commitment to give each day my best. This my friends is my completed New Year’s Resolution list. Thank you for listening.
Moral: Short resolution lists are easier to work with.