Today is the day: the one year anniversary of the Daily Journey Journal Project. When I started the project last year, it was my intention to post once a day for a whole year. I fell slightly short of my goal in that some posts, particularly these last couple of months, were not exactly timely. But, here we are 365 posts later (better late than never, right?) and the project is looking at its end. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I would make it a year; I wasn’t sure if I would continue past a year. Today, I can look back and say that while making it through the year was difficult, it was worth it. I can also say that after today, the Daily Journey Journal project will come to an end, at least for now.
Rather than lament all the reasons for not continuing the project for another year, I would rather look back on my 24th year of life and all that this journal captured for me. It has been an amazing year and I am so thankful that I could share it with some many wonderful people in both the real and virtual world.
The Daily Journey Journal started while I was living in South Korea as an English teacher. It traveled with me throughout Asia and took me back home, helped me through a stressful job search and the first few months of a new career. It found me in the highest and the lowest of spirits, feeling at times more confident than I ever have and at other times feeling more lost than I could possibly imagine.
Today, the start of my next year of life, finds me surrounded with family, reunited with my brother and enjoying the time we have together. If there is anything I have learned this last year it is that the pull of adventure often necessitates leaving behind those you love most. When opportunity affords you the chance, spend every second with those you miss before adventure carries you on.
This next year, I have little idea of the adventure to come, but I know that whatever it is will help me to figure out what path I most want to follow in life. In my first Daily Journey Journal post last year, I wrote about who I was that day. Reading it now, I see that I am not the person I was a year ago. That goofy, weird oddball is still there, but looking in the mirror today, I see someone else, someone looking for an answer to a question yet to be asked. And so, this next year I am setting out to discover what that question is and to find the answer.
In the meantime, I’ll pop in periodically to catch up. Until then, thank you for stopping by, for your encouragement and comments, for your positivity and time.
All the best,
Dance, like no one is watching
Because in the end
They won’t remember the mis-steps,
They won’t remember the mistakes.
They won’t remember the music
Or the words,
The dress that you wore
Or the shoes as they slid.
They’ll remember your smile,
And the light in your eyes.
They’ll remember that you danced
Like no one was watching,
And that is all that matters.
From May 22, 2015
Familiar sights, now strange,
Revisited, as if in a dream.
Faces gone long unseen
Bring back the reminders
Of all that is
The place we call home