2012. What a year.

Reflecting Tony

Reflecting Tony

I have been reflecting over the past year for the last few days.  I can say, without a doubt, that 2012 has been a year of amazing growth for me as a person.  It has pointed me in a direction that I have wished to take my life for a long time now; I just didn’t have the courage.

Somewhere at the beginning of the year, I began to take the courageous steps that a person sometimes needs to take.  With the huge blow up at the end of 2011 with my mother and the whole “ignoring the elephant in the room” issue my mother has with my being gay, I did not have high hopes for 2012.

Lauren's Wedding Day

Lauren’s Wedding Day

I guess I proved myself wrong.  Don’t misunderstand, there were a few very big events this year, some good, some amazing, some bad, and one horrible train wreck.  All in all, I think that I have done well this past year.

Brian and Lenna

Brian and Lenna

I have been fortunate to be blessed with an amazing husband who supports me in everything I do.  I have been fortunate to find my own footing in this City.  With that came an amazing group of friends that I consider to be more family than friends.  The big one of the year, for me, was that I finally broke through a huge barrier with someone I have “known” for almost 20 years but never really “knew” until April with Passover and Easter.  Someone who knew the old me, the Tony in Seattle, finally saw the person I had become, a kinder, gentler Tony.  I feel that I have finally shed that “person” I was, who I didn’t like, and who so many others didn’t like either.

My final blog post of 2012 will end on a high note.  As frustrated as I may get some times, I live an amazing life with amazing people in it, and should never think otherwise.

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