I was catching up with a friend whom I hadn't talked to since Christmas, and in telling her about the last couple of weeks, I realized something: that what at some points felt like things happening so fast I couldn't keep up, things had actually just fallen into place more quickly than I expected.
So some of what happened was taking on some new responsibilities at work, which couldn't make me happier, and I just need to figure out how to make my schedule work. And making a trip to Washington, D.C. at kind of the last minute to see family and go to the inauguration, which every American should do at some point in their life. But the big thing that happened was that my daughter learned a week before classes began that she'd been accepted at Syracuse University.
The reason she was accepted so late was a bureaucratic screw-up discovered only through her diligence and detective work (her high school transcript had been sent, but it had not been updated to reflect the fact that she had graduated, and there's a lot more I could say but I won't). The important thing is that she got accepted. And even at that late date, she got the classes she wanted. And found housing, because someone had unexpectedly moved out of a house where one of her best friends lives. And she got a terrific scholarship.
It's hard to beat things falling into place like that.
I think the year ahead is going to be a lot like that - change is in the air. And if it's in the air, you might just as well take a deep breath and consider all of the possibilities. The camper - which was a fabulous Christmas gift from a friend so dear she pays attention to what I pick as favorites on Etsy, and make sure you look closely at the license plate - seems like the perfect symbol. An open road, adventures ahead, some unexpected twists and turns more than likely, but maybe ones that will lead to unexpected discoveries.
This quote from G. K. Chesterton has always been one of my favorites: "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered." This year, I think they'll be words to live by.