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  • Roger Chamberlain shared a letter in the Group logo of Chasing Your DreamsChasing Your Dreams group 1 month, 3 weeks ago

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    Dear 2022,

    As the stroke of midnight I wasn’t actively thinking of you. I was jamming to an awesome new track a friend had released a few moments earlier. I supposed after the painful times 2021 had left me with that you would be at least better. There was a lot I meant to accomplish. For the first time in almost a decade I wasn’t out driving at midnight, 2021 saw to break that tradition. I was scared but hopeful to leave that behind.

    It turned out that April would bring about an off the wall dream coming true. On a whim I applied to be a background actor in a movie that was filming about LeBron James. To my surprise I was selected along with my classic car to be part of the movie. It is unknown yet if the scene I was in will be in the movie but it was a lot of fun and networked me with some great people, one of whom is going to help reupholster the door panels in my classic car. I got to volunteer a lot more with a few events for the same friend whose song kicked the year off. I even kept my promise to take more pictures. I had to deal with a new realm of car stuff as my dedicated Volvo failed to make the new year. I even helped my Dad buy one that’s the same color as its replacement. I guess 2022 you could really envelope the song Starting Over by Chris Stapleton. You weren’t without setbacks though, but I finally started to see a counselor again to help me deal with your lower moments.

    Oh 2022, you’ve been at moments tough, and just recently devastating, but I’ve gotten here regardless. I have learned a lot from the experiences this year. I’ve learned that service can wipe away pain. Tears can cleanse anything they need to and that my words might even help others heal. To know my words had that affect on complete strangers was profound and a lesson I wouldn’t have foreseen coming in to this year. While I’ve had moments that I felt empty, so much more has been there to remind me that it isn’t. A post I saw very early this year became symbolic of this year. It was this “It matters not whether you see the glass as half empty or half full, it matters that you realize that the glass is refillable. In spite of setbacks, 2022 you embarked to refill my glass with all that 2021 had poured out. As I face one more struggle this week I am hopeful in spite of it.

    Roger
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    • Hi Roger. I loved the part in your letter about the glass being refillable. So many times I forget that. It’s such a unique perspective to have. Going further into 2023 I will try to keep that in mind during both the highs and the lows. Thank you for sharing your hope and wisdom with us. 🙂

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      • Thank you for the kind words Hannah. I’m not sure there was much wisdom there, but that post was a really great anecdote that really stuck with me. 2022 saw me make the biggest leap in my career aspect as I really leapt up to a better paying job that has eased a lot of my financial worry.

        In my low moments, I usually hop in the car and drive somewhere and sing until I don’t feel bad anymore. Over the years I’ve developed into a pretty decent singer, so I guess I have anxiety and depression to thank for that. It certainly doesn’t hurt to have a Volvo with an incredible stereo and the acoustics are perfect in this car.

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