Today is my birthday. A year ago I couldn’t imagine my life as it is today. Believe it or not, I’ve reconciled with my wife and we’ve fallen in love all over again, we bought our first home together (moving in today!), work and family and life feels better and newer and more exciting all at once, and I’m reinvigorated as a husband, father, employee, and human citizen of Earth.
I’m still sober and sane, too. The AA Big Book says this on pages 83-84:
If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear. We will lose interest in selfish things and gain interest in our fellows. Self-seeking will slip away. Our whole attitude and outlook upon life will change. Fear of people and of economic insecurity will leave us. We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us. We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.
Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them. (Alcoholics Anonymous, pp. 83-84)
These promises are coming true for me today, and it feels wonderful!
On the tabletop-sports front
So here we are, back to oneforfive.com. There are lots and lots of things to cover. New games, new blogs, new replays, old games, old blogs, old stories and friends to revisit. I’m so excited to be back here to cover what I can while we as a community share our experiences in this fantastic hobby.
I’m not going to make any promises this time around about how many posts I’m going to do, or when things are going to be covered, or anything whatsoever. I’ve tried that, and it didn’t work for me. Life tends to overwhelm me, I’ve come to learn, so I want this blog to be a respite from stress and deadlines and those things that wind me up.
It’s good to be back. That’s all. It’s so good to be back.
Thank you, my friends. What a long, strange trip it’s been.