Half Full/Mark Wilcox

Time sure is a funny thing. I mean, when you think about it, things don’t really change much from one day to the next. Today is pretty much like yesterday and is basically what we expect tomorrow to be. So when you compare one day to the next little has changed. It’s when you collect a whole bunch of these twenty-four hour periods and then take notes that things get interesting.

We humans tend to do that sort of thing at this time of year. If you look, you’ll find a list of pretty much everything that happened in the past 365 days or so. You’ll find what somebody thinks are the best movies, songs, TV shows and even most interesting people.

And though I’ll not make anybody’s list, 2013 was pretty special for me and my family. At the risk of sounding hokie, it was a year when some long-held dreams came true.

As I’ve mentioned in this column, playing Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, was a dream I’ve had since I started doing plays in my home town of Rock in the 1970s. While I’ve never considered myself much of a singer or dancer, there I was cavorting with those less than half my age. And I loved it.

I was able to follow it up with another play this fall. Performing was such a part of my past and a part of me that has been missing for a couple of decades.

A dream came true professionally in 2013 as well. Returning to the editorial department of the Daily Mining Gazette was something I had hoped for since I left in 2009. Doing so as managing editor was a blessing beyond belief.

Dreams came true at home as well. Watching my family grow and prosper is a joy beyond anything I could have imagined. Maryann and I were able to acquire property in the country that, with a lot of work, will become our retirement dream come true not so far down the road.

Maryann took a big step toward fulfilling her dreams as she begins a master’s program.

But one of the best things to have happened to me in the year gone by is what you hold in your hands – this silly little column I call “Half Full.”

It was a joy to write and share with folks when I started it eight years ago and I am thrilled to have a chance to do it again. I can’t tell you how rewarding it is when people tell me they can relate to my tales of growing up “smack dab in the middle of the U.P.”

In one of those columns of years ago, I shared the origin of the column’s name. Essentially I was always a “Glass is half empty” guy. Untill 1997 and my experience with cancer. Because of my wife and children, and my faith, I came to realize that each day is a gift, and the glass was never half-empty again.

So, it was a good year. Sure there were heartbreaks and disappointments. I’ve said goodbye to people I had hoped to have in my life for years to come.

But I’ve met new people and made new and dear friends and welcomed some back into my life.

Things are more than “half-full” these days, and I await the adventures 2014 has for me.