ITS THE LAST DAY of 2017... Its like yesterday, but different. This past year was nothing like I had thought it would be, and certainly nothing like I'd planned. I'm not sure why after 57 years that surprises me. Its the only thing that has remained the same... Change.
At one point I'd thought long and hard about an MFA. I applied and was accepted to Western Carolina University into the MFA program there. Then the first bill came. There was a strange line item charge for $900 plus or minus, for an "athletic fee." I called the student billing office and said there'd been a mistake, that I wasn't in the athletic program. The woman told me that, no, it wasn't a mistake... that fee was a fee all students paid to foot the bill for WCU's student athletes so they could represent the school in their athletic programs.
With the encouragement and help of Leigh Ann Parrish, I created my own MFA (My Fucking Amazing Life) and sketched it out based on what was important to me and the projects I felt would get me to where I wanted to take my life. Its been playing out pretty good, but not exactly as planned. NEVER exactly as planned.
I feel like I sort of "voted" on what was important to me and God took it from there, like a renegade mom on a cleaning binge, all you see is ass and elbows and things flying into the air... yes, yes, no... no, no, later, yes, no, yes, no, yes, sort of, maybe, no, no, no, no, later, YES!
And so it goes... My MFA continues to astound me. And now we head into 2018. I wonder what lies ahead. Whatever it is... I can be sure - It's going to be interesting. Because that's just the way God and I roll, baby.