What an exciting cycle of time we have passed through in the last 5 years. There have been incredible highs and the darkest, deepest lows. For me completing my Bachelor of Creative Writing has been a dream come true. Being accepted to the Masters PPCW program was something I would not have believed possible. I have made new friends, stretched my boundaries beyond breaking point. Undertaken projects I could not have dreamt of being involved in, and been supported by loving family and kind and thoughtful friends. The past five years I have achieved beyond my dreams, shared tragedy, loss, heartache and untold joy.
Along the way my beautiful father passed away and left me feeling adrift without an anchor, my incredible, supportive partner underwent lifesaving surgery.
Our beautiful grandson was born and died without us being able to say hello. Bernie and I have welcomed two beautiful and incredible daughters into our lives as our sons have settled with wonderful partners.
We have connected with family members we never knew existed and reconnected with old friends from the past.
Sam and Matty, our special grandsons have grown into strong and sensitive young men. People have passed in and out of our lives leaving us richer for the engagement. Even those who have caused us pain, have taught us lessons of endurance and compassion.
As a family unit we have tried to juggle long-distance relationships, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding. Along the way, there has always been someone to support us, as we have supported others. Paths have merged, crossed and diverged. There have been health issues and personal conflicts.
There has been tears and laughter. We have tried new ventures, we have struggled financially.
Throughout all of this, we have experienced love, friendship, and compassion; these have been the supports that have kept us moving forward and have outweighed the hurts and negativity.
We stand now at a cross road, the path we are about to embark upon is not clear, it will be full of challenges.
That is the certainty of life, the consistency of change.
We have each other, we have supportive friends, and we have a roof over our heads and food in our cupboards. We are luckier than most.
In the words of a young friend, bring it on 2017 we are ready for you….