Finding the right words to use as the opening of my return to blogging following such a long hiatus is much harder than I thought it would be. The reasons for my extended absence are complicated and involved; maybe I’ll share them here one day or include them in my memoirs, but for now – for a number of reasons – I’ll just say that a tumultuous year severely impinged upon my ability to coalesce my thoughts and experiences through the use of this blog.
It has, however, always been my intention to make a return to these (un)hallowed pages. Narcissism aside, I genuinely do find the whole process involved in producing a post to be somewhat somewhat cathartic. I’m able to better reflect on the events that have led to the subject at hand, which also perhaps allows me to consider something insightful that hadn’t occurred to me before. I also like to think that these posts are having a positive impact on other people’s lives in some way – even if it’s just the opportunity for colleagues to remember old friendships and reflect on the good times; I’m lucky to have been blessed with a lot of friendships throughout the course of my life, which has included plenty of opportunity for smiles and laughter.