As 2009 comes to an end and 2010 peeks around the corner most television stations will, to one extent or another, begin the annual “Year In Review”. While the focus will be on world events and Mr. Obama’s first year as president, I’m afraid the majority will focus on celebrity happenings. I, for one, couldn’t care less about a bunch of over paid actors and entertainers or the people who feed off of them. I have never come to terms with the fact that someone who makes an ass of themselves is more publicity worthy than say, oh, someone who is working to cure cancer, or is making advances in medical technology, or the people who work selflessly for nearly no pay at all to feed the hungry, bring clean water to third world countries, or help the homeless.
But I digress. The other day I began reviewing my year and although it has slipped by way too fast for my peace of mind, that’s what I get for surviving all these years! As it turns out, 2009 has been a pretty spectacular year for me, though not without a few down spots, but that’s life for everyone.
This year brought two new granddaughters, Isabell Moriah, third child for my son, Michael and his wife; and Meagan Grace, the first for my daughter Lisa and her husband. My son, Cody got married and was recently discharged from the Marine Corps. My daughter, Rocky also got married this year. I found homes for eleven dogs and was able to have all the rest spayed/neutered, and I became a mom to three cats. As a first time kitty-mommy, I am happy to say I not only like cats, I have fallen in love with these guys. I bought a new house, a new truck, and everything is paid for. I am actually debt-free. That in itself is an awesome gift.
Publishing wise, I’ve had several books published this year with seven more due out in 2010. WOW! But let’s not measure success by how many were published, but by the fact I’m actually getting royalty checks for them! No one is more surprised by that than me!
For me, success is in my family and the relationship I have with my children, grandchildren and my personal life. I am happy in my life, happy in my relationships, and happy with my little corner of the world. Perhaps it’s because I’m entering the stage of life where I know I have fewer years ahead of me than what’s behind me, or perhaps it’s because I’ve finally come to terms with the mistakes of my youth and I’ve learned to accept my shortcomings and live in my own skin without regret. Perhaps it’s because, for the first time in my life, I feel settled and secure in who I am, who I’ve become and I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that while my face isn’t on a magazine cover, I am a rock star in the lives of my grandchildren. When I show up they scream like the girls used to do for Elvis and The Beatles, but it doesn’t end when the show is over.
2009? Yeah, it’s been a spectacular year.