I couldn’t close the year out without one last blog post. And what better way to close out the year than discussing the highlights of it. I call this year my post graduate year, and I think it went more than well.
Life I believe in the old saying that life is too short. I am extremely grateful that I was able to make it through another 365 days. No I’m not dying, but just waking up every morning and being able to make it back home alive and well is something to praise about. I keep in mind that there are those, too often in my age range it seems, who are no longer walking the Earth. It’s scary how one minute you can be alive and the next you’re breathing your last breath. Enjoy each day you have, and thank God for it.
Employment While not quite having jobs within my field of study, I am happy that I have been employed for pretty much most of the year. Those student loans do not get paid on prayer alone. Can I get a witness? Working as a temporary cafeteria worker for CMCSS, and then a Food Service Tech for the Food & Nutrition Department at Tennova Healthcare has been good for me. I gained knowledge I didn’t have before, and both jobs have furthered my ability to work well with others. Most importantly I have something to add to my resume, which will demonstrate to future employers how much of a hard worker I am. I appreciate being made employee of the month for December in the department at my current workplace. To be honest I think everyone in my department should be rewarded for their dedication. I encourage everyone to always persevere in whatever job you have, even if that job involves mopping floors.
Gospel Choir Though no longer with them, I am grateful that I was able to continue singing with my former college gospel choir, Generations of Disciples(G.O.D.), for as long as I did. As I work now, I reminisce about all those times going from place to place to minister to others through song. Post graduation life has been challenging, but singing with and being prayed for by my brothers and sisters in Christ took away most of my worries. I encourage everyone to always have a group of people to pray for you. Even just having one person praying for you can do a lot. To G.O.D, I miss you, and may the choir continue to go strong.
(Generations of Disciples Gospel Choir. 2015-2016)
Harris Household Holiday Having my family together on Christmas was great. Though my siblings and sister-in-law can get under my skin with the roasting and unwanted advice, I love them anyway and enjoyed them. It’s a plus when we can all just get along and laugh together. My nieces and nephews are growing so fast, and each is special in their own way. Jalen is intelligent and witty, Xavier is quiet and a good brother towards his sisters, Alannah is polite, and Avery is so full of energy for a toddler. Though I am in no rush to be a father, I do look forward to one day having a few kids myself. I imagine my brother Chris and his wife Lindsey are ready to pry out the batteries to the noisy baby walker that I got Avery for Christmas. At least she loves it. In the future, I hope there will be more family get togethers.
Blogging I am very happy and proud of my WordPress blog. I started this thing in September to maintain my writing abilities, and I’m glad I did. The biggest challenge for me was just coming up with a name for my blog. Lord knows how much head scratching will be done when I ponder names for my children. It took me several days of sad attempts before my mother came up with something simple- David Speaks. It’s fitting, because a good portion of the time offline I can come off as quiet. It is moreso because I enjoy hearing others speak. The blog gives me a chance to voice myself 100 percent. I don’t consider my blog to be all that than a bag of chips, but it is something that I definitely take pride in. I don’t worry too much about the likes and comments, even though they are appreciated. But it makes me smile like a mother with her newborn seeing the views and hearing people say that they have read my stuff. Even if nobody reads, at least I put something out there rather than leaving it to float around in my head. Earlier this month, I took my brother Mike’s advice by expanding my blogging with the creation of a Facebook page for my writing. Hopefully I continue to grow as a blogger and a writer in general. From the bloggers who have given me pointers, to those who have given me quotes, I thank you.
What will I be doing this New Year’s Eve? Some people count down the last minutes by turning up at parties, popping bottles in the club, or kissing their significant others. Me, I have my own little tradition. For the last several years, I have spent the last minutes of the year on my knees talking to God. As the clock ticks, I thank Him for being with me through the year and ask that He will continue to guide me through the next one.
Whatever your plans and goals may be for the upcoming year, God bless, and be safe.