I can’t wait to see what 2011 will bring
I've had friends in my life who have done pretty interesting things - feats that make the guys roll their eyes and think "why can't I have a cool mom like that" when I tell them the stories.
A pal in Kentucky I used to follow around on the racking horse show circuit - she often won. A high school friend whom I used to watch compete in martial arts tournaments - she has a black belt long before Big Guy thought black belts were cool . Several friends on post who ran the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and returned with T-shirts adorned with glitzy guitars. Seeing those convinced Big Guy that he should try distance running some day, especially if you get a glitzy guitar T-shirt.
I've seen some pretty amazing miracles unfold in the past year. A friend who was told she could never get pregnant just celebrated her baby girl's first Christmas. Another friend who laid in a hospital bed on Christmas Eve 2008, not sure if a liver transplant that was his last hope to see 2011 would take. Tonight, he'll make a New Year's Eve appearance on the stage of a comedy club, which proves yet again that our ability to laugh at ourselves is crucial.
I've seen other friends battle addiction and grow into nurturing parents and nurturers of nieces and nephews. I admire their grace and determination and wonder if I would have half their strength if facing similar demons.
I've met some really impressive people in the past year, including an assistant coach on two of Boots' sports teams who served as a combat medic in Iraq until an IED twisted and tore at his guts. He remains in the Army, though medically ineligible for combat. He'd go back in a heartbeat if he could.
Oh, and let's not forget the 41-year-old who took on Basic Combat Training in an effort to save his marriage and his family. Or the two little people who challenge me, sometimes in infuriating ways, on a daily basis.
Each and every one of those people - not to mention many others whom I haven't mentioned - has changed my life, my thinking in some way. Each has left an indelible mark. I'm a better person for having known them.
Who will change me in 2011? I can't wait to find out.
I'm not big on resolutions, but there is one that I make and keep every year. I vow to get the most out of whatever and whoever life brings my way.
Happy New Year!
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