We did have two college graduations in May, but the wedding was called off, another marriage ended, some job offers were accepted and and some jobs ended. One graduate moved 1500 miles and one moved twelve blocks. It was, indeed, a year of changes for all of us, just not always as I expected. We are gearing up for another year of big changes. I'll get into the specifics soon.
Although parenting never really ends, by August 2014 the anticipated events were past and I was feeling a restlessness about the future. The restlessness lead to my "Life Under Construction" project, based on a newsletter article about mid-points:
"One of the challenges of the mid-way point of a project is pressing on to finish in spite of the setbacks of tiredness, lack of motivation, or loss of vision for the completed project."I was feeling decidedly tired, unmotivated and lacking in vision, so I identified five "focuses": faith, family, home, self and fun. (click on the LIFE UNDER CONSTRUCTION label below or in the sidebar to find all posts on the project). I had some pretty good insights in a few areas, but I failed - epically - at the follow-through. So, my fresh start is getting a fresh start for 2015.
While I'm keeping the name - "Life Under Construction" - and the premise - "to create a life where I'm comfortable" - the slightly rigid and entirely vague structure is outta here. My focus has swiveled from children to self - not in a selfish, egotistical way, but in order to "finish well".
When a woman makes the choice to marry, to have children; in one way her life begins but in another way it stops. You build a life of details. You become a mother, a wife and you stop and stay steady so that your children can move. And when they leave they take your life of details with them. And then you're expected to move again, only you don't remember what moves you because no-one has asked in so long. Not even yourself. - from Bridges of Madison CountyIt's time for me to move again. During our New Year's Eve celebration, Dave commented that 2015 could possibly be our happiest yet. That thought immediately made me feel guilty - as though it is wrong for me to be happy without children living in my house. At least not as happy as I was during the "glory years" of being a stay-at-home-mom with toddlers - the years that have always been my favorite. But in the light of day, I realize that comparing the "happiness levels" of different ages/phases of life is impossible, not to mention pointless. This is the phase I'm in now, and it's ok to be happy now. I believe there are two keys to that happiness: balance and independence. I'll explain those in the next few days.
My theme verse for 2015 is Philippians 1:6:
"...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."I will not be complete in this life, but it's time to start moving forward purposefully rather than just aging.