Reality Bites by James Norton

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Tis the season – to let the bad parts of your past go and be done with the drama.

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I got married just under a year ago. I got healthier in body and spirit. I became a grandfather. There were plenty of other great things that happened, but those are the highlights. There were bad things that happened too, but I am so done with the drama that comes with trying to teach people life lessons that I just can’t anymore.

They say your most calming peace comes from letting go of the past. Like most people my age, plenty of very bad things happened to me over the years. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t one of those “oh whoa is me” moments – I am done with that kind of insipid thinking. I recently came to the realization that the drama that comes from other people’s petty attitudes and abhorrent behavior leads to nothing good.

So now comes another chapter of my life – where I just focus on myself and my family as it is right now and let go of the past. My wife and my kids will be happier because they won’t have to listen to the constant insanity that comes from outside influences that cannot possibly improve my life, but only cause wallowing in self-induced misery. I can’t let the assholes of the world win.

My wife told me the other day, after a particularly troubling morning, that I was better than those who influenced me in my life before I met her. I didn’t see it before, for whatever reason, because I always knew that I was a good person, but I now I see it in a better light. So while I am letting go of the past, I am acutely aware that right here in this column I am indirectly again alluding to those bad people and situations that affected me so poorly over the years and for right here, right now – that’s ok. Because I believe that you have to have closure to move forward – thankfully I now have that.

So looking toward this wonderful holiday season anchored by the wonderment of Christmas and being surrounded by family – I truly believe that I am blessed by those who are around me today, right here, right now. I have the best friends I could ever have hoped for. I have the most wonderful wife in the history of womanhood and I have the absolute best family – something I definitely deserve.

So my wishes for you, the reader – is simple: be the best person you can be, in every way – and cherish each moment with family and friends – and you too will love life, love family – and love being in love. #GMK

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