"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves." -Viktor E. Frankl
Someone once told me, "Tiff, there are years of questions and there are years of answers." At that difficult moment in my life, that concept provided me with some comfort. As the years have passed, I've found it to be true. There are years during which I am so damn unhappy with where I'm at, with no idea of which direction to turn. There are years that I feel little to no connection to myself and feel as though I'm going through the motions behind this Tiffany mask I think people want to see. These are years of questions. Uncertainty and discomfort abound and things fall to pieces.
But here's the deal: discomfort leads to action. And action is often followed by years of answers. Years that frolic, instead of plod, when I feel comfycozy in my "Tiffany-ity" and from that, am able to connect and be and act on a level distinctly more solid and sure than during question years. The Clean Year has most definitely been a year of answers.
I've reconnected to who I am on a level that hasn't been possible in the past few years. I've discovered new parts of myself and developed different skills. I've learned a little bit more about what makes me, not happy, but deeply content and satisfied. Flow, some people call it. This is a year that has been rife with new doors opening...far too many to go through in fact.
At the close of The Clean Year, I can truly say that I, and my life path, have been forever changed. Now that, my friends, is what I will deem...a success.
Here's to the knowledge that there are endless paths before us, and an infinite amount of opportunities to make the world a better place. Keep adventuring, keep working hard, keep loving deep.