I was at a 4th of July party talking to a new friend and we we were talking about life and how her job was starting to get a little bit boring (she had been in the same job for some time) and as we continued talking she realized and noted how actually the job she was in had really been the only constant in her life. And the more we talked the more she realized that having that constant stable thing in her life was not a bad thing at all. So for her that constant good, albeit boring at times, thing for her was her job. It made me think about what has been a constant in my life over the years.
This afternoon I was having lunch with a good friend and her very intellectual, 12 year old daughter and the three of us were talking about this and the 12 year old chimed in and said, "Like dance, dance has been a constant thing in my life." She got it and understood the need for it. I then somberly shared with them what I thought about when I thought about my constant, what had gotten me through move after move, job after job, transition after transition. A year ago this week I had to say goodbye to my constant, my stability, what I came home to for 10 years. A year ago this week I had to make the most difficult decision thus far of my life and choose to say goodbye to my friend, my companion, my little man, my roommate, my four legged friend, my Shane. He had been the stable thing in my life at times when things seemed turned upside down.
A year ago this week started the beginning of what could have turned out to be a really bad year. A year ago this week marked the removal of my constant. A year ago this week I had no idea what was in store for me. A year ago this week I never would have believed what I would be capable of.
Though this constant was no more I was still thrust head first into a year of major transition in my life. As I look back now on the past year I can see that I had some other very meaningful constants in my life that came in the form of good friends, my yoga practice and my community. We need constants, the things we know we can depend on to be there when all else fails. Most of the time these constants are things that just exist. Until we take the time to think about them we may not have ever realized that they have helped us through the rough times until it is too late. What is the constant in your life? What will you miss if it was no longer there?
In memory of my beloved Shane, April 1(ish), 1999 - July 7, 2013