A lot has happened since then. Come to think of it. This blog pretty much documents all of it.
Am I any different? I’ve learned a lot in that time, but I don’t feel like there is any dramatic rupture between who I was then and who I am now.
Perhaps, I draw this conclusion because of the blog. The frequent writing might make a rope of all the different threads of these last five years, creating a coherent sense of continuity.
Perhaps, I draw this conclusion because I’m writing this post before I return to paradise. The return to a beauty from which I have long been absent might be the catalyst for insight — not the anticipation of return.
This vacation comes at a good time. It is a much needed break from the routines and rhythms of life here in Ottawa. I will be amongst good people and beautiful surroundings. If nothing else, it will be an incontestable reminder of how lucky I am.
And that’s always a good thing.