That's how I'd describe 2009 if it came down to a word—at least from my perspective. We started the year in a bit of a crisis mode, deciding to help a family in need and were utterly taken back by the support that was shown by the online community. People I've come to know and regard as friends in many ways. We decided to do something and were simply amazed at the outpouring of support that came in. When we realized that we weren't in this alone, that became a life defining moment for me personally.
Several months later, I took a chance and shook up my career to try something less defined, less familiar. When that realization fully hit me, I again felt support from my social system. They were there for me when I needed it.
And through the months which composed much of the past year, that feeling was always there. We were building something new and I sensed a sort of patience (a form of support) from you. A willingness to see where things would go.
And as the year wrapped up with even more change—I experienced yet even more support. The year it seemed had come full circle and I sit here and feel a sense of awe even as I write this. Simply put, I feel extremely fortunate, undeservedly so.
I've never felt that the passing of time neatly fits into "good" or "bad" categories. It's tempting to think we either had a good or bad year. But for many of us, the reality looks more like a rugged landscape with peaks, hills, plains and valleys. That's why I like to think about the passage of time as a vocabulary. Often times, there is a particular word which rises to the surface of that vocabulary. So for 2009, I chose support to be that meaningful single word. At least for me and perhaps for those of you who provided it.
Thank you for being such a significant part of my 2009. Here's to 2010, to a fresh new year with new hopes and realized dreams.