Journeys: A Life in Review

In a few days, we will usher in 2022. Every year we make resolutions to change, to be better, and to do better. We look forward, hoping to improve the lives we’ve carved out in our pasts, by taking a moment to look behind us.

Here is a review of a couple past resolutions which came to light.

First, let’s talk art.

Nearing the end of 2019, I decided to finally to learn to draw. I couldn’t draw a stick figure when I started. Don’t believe me, here are two photos: One, the first art I sketched, and the second, my most recent creation.

I date all my work, so I can mark my progress. The first image—left—is from my first real attempt to draw—well, anything. I began with a thirty day tutorial book, and a year and a half later, the second image—on right—is how I’ve developed. I’m proud to share this horrid first picture, because it is definitive proof a person can do and learn anything if they commit.

Is drawing and painting easy to learn? It has it’s challenges, but it isn’t difficult! Creating art actually isn’t as hard as people think it is, but it requires determination, focus, and it demands all of you. Especially, if you get started like I did in my thirties. Never forget this: art demands all.

Second, let’s talk writing.

I have been a writer all my life. I am no amateur wordsmith either, but a committed artist. A couple years ago, I decided to give my life over, whole heartedly, to my passion. It is the hardest and most ambitious thing I’ve ever done for myself. When I started writing again at thirty-years-old, I could barely balance a sentence, but now, look at me, I am a published poet, and I have more, much more, coming in 2022. No seriously, I can’t announce it yet, but a big year for my writing career is here.

Part of that resolution came in 2019, when I decided to return to college. A decision that will forever alter my life. I just couldn’t do business anymore. I am great at managing people and decisive problem solving is my second-nature. However, simply being good at something, doesn’t mean you were created to do it. No, I was created to write, to make sentences sing, to write life changing prose and poetry. I am a writer, and at the beginning of 2020, I realized I will never do what I truly want to do if I don’t make the decision to write. So, I returned to school, and I will finish in March, 2022, with a bachelors in English and Writing: Creative Writing. I’ll also earn my minor in history—my original major.

Here are examples of how it started and how it is going:

An earlier piece, and a later piece. I don’t have an original like the artwork. Sorry.

My point is simple: resolutions work. If you invest in yourself and commit, you will find success with whatever you choose to do. My only advice: measure your success; track each accomplishment, and review those benchmarks regularly.

"What is measured is counted"—some dead wise guy. 

A Nod To Derry’s Son

Derry, New Hampshire was the longtime home of Robert Frost. This poem is in dedication to my favorite poetry book: North of Boston, and his poem October.

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