40,000 is Here

It is fitting that as 2008 draws to a close, Mechanical Hamster has just passed 40,000 views. I’d like to thank you all for your continued support.

It’s been a remarkable year, in many respects. Exciting at times, dread-inspiring at others. A year ago I would have had no idea that so much would have changed. It is not often that we get to start afresh, and have the chance to strive for something new and different. The routine of daily life can so often draw our eye away from the big picture until we are left standing and looking back, wondering what happened, regretting the opportunities missed.

It’s been painful at times, but immensely satisfying as well. Sometimes we miss out on the reward because we are afraid of the risk. There have been times in the last year when I’ve been at a loss, wondering what to do next, uncertain if I’m doing the right thing. Many times the obstacles looked higher than ever and it would have been easy to stop, accept the inevitable and change path.

But the easiest route does not always lead to where you want to be. In that uncertainty there also comes the thrill of challenge, the buzz of venturing into the unknown. Each sleepless night is followed by a new morning of hope and possibilities. With each seeming crisis we learn a little more about who we are. Most importantly, we learn that the obstacle wasn’t so high as it looked, that the path can meander on occasion but we can forge our way to the right place.

Perspectives change. Things can look so very different in a year. What were once priorities are now little more than afterthoughts, and what we once took for granted we now cherish. Lifelong opinions can fade away and new principles come to the fore.

We change, we evolve and we move onwards. Amongst the chaos certain things remain true: friends and family. Those people who inspire us, who give us strength. Those we look to for guidance when we do not know what to do, and those that allow us to step away from the day-to-day noise and remember what life is about.

 So, I’d like to thank my friends and family for being there in 2008, I couldn’t have got this far without you. You probably don’t know how important that has been for me, and it never gets said often enough.

And I’d like to thank all of you, my lovely Hamsterites. Thank you for reading, and thank you for your comments. I wish each and every one of you a fond farewell until next year. 2008 was remarkable, and who can say where 2009 will take us? Thank you for coming on the journey so far, and I hope you’ll stick with it in the year to come. It may be many things and go to places we don’t even know yet, but it won’t be dull!


Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 9:27 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. “With each seeming crisis we learn a little more about who we are.” and maybe even who we want to be…

    what a lovely post. happy day, gav of mechanical hamster


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