… how life changes.
Got your attention, didn’t I? You were probably thinking, after reading that headline, that I had been away from this space for such a long time because of an indecent exposure arrest or somesuch. As I don’t do places with doors I can’t unlock, that’s not on my list of things to do.
Life changes do sometimes feel like walking down a busy street with the back of your skirt tucked in your knickers though.
My church gives us this great assignment at the end of each year; we are tasked with making a list of things (spiritual, physical, inter-relational, financial, or whatever else) to pray on and to seek the Creator’s guidance for in the coming year. I procrastinated about two weeks after the initial comment from the leaders about doing so but then, I sat down at the table and wrote out my list. Last time (the end of 2016), I wrote out my list, photocopied it, and tucked it away; we keep a copy and seal a copy in an envelope, give it to the church to hold, and then they pray over the list. I think they are supposed to send it back but I never wait to get the proper envelope that has the church insignia on it and a place for my address. And with my memory, I need a copy right handy so I can be prayerful myself. This year (the end of 2017), I hand-wrote both copies, sealed one in an envelope, and kept one. The list was divided into sections — work, faith, personal. Yeah, deep thought.
I was able to date at least one item as complete, even before the new year arrived. I need to add a couple more items that have resolved themselves since 2018 rang in. I am grateful.
I have alluded to various changes on my social media thread. One of my friends and colleagues indicated anticipation at waiting for the big reveal.
Those who know me also know that I tend to keep my bizness off the block; I don’t tell what’s happening in my life too much, except to those who are closest and often they get surprised by the changes I make. I won’t share the personal stuff here, other than to say that a lot has changed over the past two years — for the good! — and the most recent change and addition to my path in life has broadened it and has filled my heart and home with peace, love, and happiness. Hm … that sounded almost like Don Cornelius’ closing for Soul Train …
But I digress.
You might be wondering then what I will include in the big reveal.
As you may know, my last full-time work ended in 2013. I jumped off the commute-to-an-office hamster wheel and spent the next year or so getting my son situated. I think I have mentioned California’s Regional Center system, which is in place to provide support services to individuals with certain special needs (like my son, who is on the autism spectrum). For a year or so after that, he went through a more tumultuous time than ever before, to the point that it became apparent he could no longer live in this house. Fortunately, the Regional Center was able to find him a semi-independent living arrangement, where he continues to live and thrive. He is happy and healthy there. During that time as well, I started remotely consulting and freelancing part-time as Christopher began to suffer increased health issues. I became his full-time caregiver until he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I have since continued to hustle with several solid adjunct faculty gigs to keep the lights on and food in the dog bowls.
However, as of this coming Monday, I will be full-time with my primary university, still doing what I love (working online). I will still need to hustle to keep the lights on and food in the dog bowls because working in education is not a path to large piles of cash. The important change is that I will have medical coverage (something I have struggled to pay out of pocket for the past five years), which has been a primary concern.
So there you have it. Or at least a good bit of it. Feel free to lift a glass toward Southern California the next time you take a swig. You know I appreciate your positive thoughts and prayers over the years.
More good is coming …