I had to do a lot of thinking over the holiday. (And a lot of grading, but that's irrelevant.) I'm usually the first person clamoring for change. I tend to be a bit restless, and always looking for something new. In something as simple as video games I lose interest after there's nothing new to discover. And I've alienated my share of friends over the years with my tendency to cut and run.
But every rare once in a while I absolutely do not want things to change. And that's when things always start to go wrong in my life. That's the tendency I must fight against. That resistance to change leads to tyranny.
So I've vowed that no matter what happens there are going to be some dramatic changes. Some began already over vacation. But there will be many more.
For years now I've looked back on the year ending with a sense of failure. 2006 began with a trip to Hawaii, which was life altering in many ways. Then I finally completed my thesis and officially finished graduate school. That was followed by a summer falling in love with an old friend. Fall brought a new job and a broken heart. But I cannot deny it was a damn good year. And there's still a month to go.