2016 is over in about three hours. Like most people I know, I am relieved to see it go. So much s%#t has gone down that I can barely remember it all, really amazing things and really difficult things. Suffice it to say that 2016 has been a transformative year.
In the beginning a marriage ended.
Then I moved my farm, and my wonderful pup Belle came along for the journey.
Friendships became stronger. I began to sleep again. I started to enjoy life.
I walked, thought, and wrote.
I worked hard on my farming practices and built my newly formed business up.
I met an amazing woman who lit a spark in my heart.
I bought my dream farm and moved there, about 25 days ago.
That, and the million things that went on in my daily life. My old Ford Ranger died and I got a newer truck. I learned how to replace the bearings in a U-joint. I began to write a book. I made pizza dough from scratch. I fed and watered my pigs. And so on.
And now I am here at home, Full Boar Farm, eating roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy with my girlfriend and our two dogs as we contemplate the past year and look forward to the coming 365 days of possibility. The hottub is heating up and I’m not sure if we’re going to make it to the midnight mark, but probably we will.
If there is one thing I have learned in the past year, it is simply this:
Never give up and always dream.
Always keep your heart open to the possibility that you will find happiness. As Rumi says, “What you seek is seeking you.”