Farewell 2018

I can’t say I’ll miss this year. Not because it has been bad – it hasn’t – but because I’m ready for a few changes. I want to be more true to myself. Is that so much to ask?

No more trying to be a redneck. No more trying to be part of either political party. No more trying to be more or less than what I am.

More of what I care about. In my career I have proven to myself over the last 25 years that my passion is helping the abused of society. Not those who simply claim “abuse” from positions and environments which most envy, but those with whom no one wants to trade and most want to forget, or not experience in the first place. I want – I need – to help those people. Because, to borrow a phrase from a friend who was once there, those people have names. They are real, and they can see me avoiding eye contact. So it’s time to get back to work on things that matter. Frankly, I don’t care whether they are christian, muslim, gay, straight, drunk, sober, sinner or . . . wait, there’s no options here, or whatever else. My mission is to help the abused. I didn’t choose it – I was chosen by ‘those people.’ Or God. Maybe both.

More of what I enjoy. My family. I really like them. I want to spend more time with them instead of spending my evenings with politicians throwing pointed words at one another. I enjoy fly-fishing, archery, and I have taken up the cello. There is a zen-like beauty to these arts involving string and carved and bent wood. I enjoy motorcycle travel and travel in general. I’m arguably in the second half of my life, and its time to do it if its going to done. No bucket list. I want to seize the day as things appear in my bucket, instead of letting them grow stale there until the opportunity has passed.

As I sit in my study writing this, listening to some calm Radiohead, the sun is coming out from behind the morning clouds and beams are flooding my room with it’s books and desks and bows and arrows and cello.

It is going to be a good year. I insist.

6 thoughts on “Farewell 2018

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  1. These are inspiring words and I appreciate you sharing them! We will always be grateful to you for giving us a blessing in the form of our daughter, Makalah. You stepped in and everything came together. You, Judge Linda Collier, Debbie Kennemer, CASA in general, DHS, and the Principal of the ABC Preschool are folks that will always be in our hearts. Makalah is graduating from High School this year. She wants to get a degree in Finance. Where would she be if you had not stepped up to the plate? I don’t even want to think about it. Love you, mean it, David!!!!


  2. Very excited to hear music is, once again, entering your life by means of an instrument. I am excited for you. May God bless your new year as well as that of your family.


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