Dammit. I'm sitting here typing in the dark the night before my wedding, trying to do a little bit of reminiscing, and the browser ate my post.
I was talking about how 2005 has been a very definitional year for me. A decade ago, in 1995, I turned 18 and went out to the wilderness for a month for an Outward Bound course. It was a powerful experience and quite a rite of passage. In much the same way, this year's events -- getting married being one of the big ones; but also the planning I'm doing for next year (sorry to be mysterious; I've been sort of a flake on sharing my 2006 ambitions), and getting out of debt -- are bringing me to a real crossroads, where the future is opening up in front of me.
I don't yet know what I want to do*, but I do know that I like the person I am and the things I've been working toward.
Wedding prep is going nicely. kadyg, blackfyr, lysana, necama, kevynjacobs, emmorium and I all had a lovely evening of socializing and dinner here. (roaminrob is drivng back from a trip and will join us in the morning.) On top of that, blackfyr helped me upgrade the OS on this computer, so my wireless card works again. Yay!
It's raining like a thing what creates lots of rain here, so it is looking highly likely that tomorrow we'll simply wimp out and go hold the ceremony at a nearby covered bridge. No wacky and romantic hike-out-into-the-snow deal. Ah well, such is life. We're not going to be foolhardy enough to try holding a wedding ceremony outdoors and away from any usable shelter while it is actively precipitating.
Since it's also New Year's Eve now, happy 2006! Aside from the wedding, another of my firsts this year was my first speeding ticket (about which I hoped, and still hope, to write a more lengthy entry). What happened to you this year, or what did you do this year, for the first time?
* Actually, that's not true. Even if this summer goes as planned, I will still have two 10-year goals left to accomplish, and I'm pretty confident that the two drives behind them -- writing and spirituality -- will be significant aspects of whatever new direction I choose.