Dear Mr. Melissa Blake:
Wow. Five years. How could that much time have gone by? So much has changed, and yet...so much has stayed the same. Karen, a Facebook reader, commented recently that I don't seem to change much, and, well, I suppose she's right. I don't change much. In fact, I'm pretty consistent. Maybe it has something to do with my deathly fear of change, but I've always been this way. But is it really healthy? Maybe not so much. It's comfortable, sure, but it doesn't leave much room for growth, and you know, Sweetpea, that I'm all about growing and learning and evolving.
Karen also challenged me to think about where I'll be five years from now -- to envision my life, where I live and what I'm doing. I'll admit it -- I was a bit reluctant at first. I mean, the very nature of looking into the future is all about change and thinking about the unknown. That scared me something fierce, let me tell you. And when I'm scared? Well, I tend to turn my wheelchair up to full speed and zoom in the opposite direction. But that's just human nature, isn't it? We want to stay safe and comfortable, remember? However, in the name of growing, maybe it wouldn't hurt just to take a teeny, tiny peek into said future. I'll be 37 in five years -- wow, that seems old, doesn't it? I hope to still be blogging -- it will be interesting to see how blogging itself evolves over the next five years. I hope to have written for a few more magazines, and finally got an acceptance from Glamour.
I sincerely hope you'll be a part of my happiness over the next five years. I feel like I know you, but I've never met you. You're not in my life -- at least as far as I know -- and yet I feel like you're with me all the time, if that makes any sense. It's that connection that I'm looking forward to making. The connection of a lifetime that changes everything. I'm looking forward to meeting you, Sweetpea. Until we meet... xoxo
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