"...a person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing him to grow. Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken." --Duke Leto Atreides, Dune
I love that quote, and it is very relevant to what is going on in my life right now. It is rare that I share anything personal about myself on this blog, but I felt that I would break away from this and talk about what has been going on in my life recently. Long story short, my girlfriend, Stephanie McNally, recently landed a job in Raleigh, NC and I will be joining her there in the coming weeks. It took us a while to find her a new place, but we did it and this past week I helped her get moved in. What an exhausting process!... and I am only half way finished, because now I have to get all my things packed and moved as well. I hope to have all this done by month's end. (/crossing fingers)
This is a very big step for me. I can honestly say that the friends I have right now are the best friends I have ever had in my life. They are also the core of my gaming group. It is going to be tough leaving them behind, but I am sure we will all keep in touch. Who knows, maybe I can coax a few to follow me in time. I am not sure what I can expect when it comes to making new friends or finding new people to game with. I believe this is the scariest part of the whole thing for me, because it is such a huge unknown.
Obviously, the decision to move has been a hard one, but I feel it is also a necessary one for several reasons. First and foremost, I love my girlfriend, and will support her in all things, so moving to be with her is a no-brainer. Beyond that, I just feel it is time for a clean slate. It has been a very long time since I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried anything drastic or new. As the quote states above, it is time for new experiences, and I hope moving to Raleigh will open up new opportunities for me -- especially career-wise. Finding interesting employment here in the town that I currently live in is almost impossible, so I am excited to see what kind of job I can find once I get moved.
So, why am I sharing this, and what does this have to do with Swords Against the Outer Dark? Well, nothing and everything. I have failed to post anything I consider worthwhile these past few weeks simply because of the amount of time I have dedicated to "life stuff." I felt it was necessary to let everyone know why this is the case. This will change once I get moved and get settled in. I have not run out of steam yet! The good news is that I have several projects that I have started and just need to find time to complete. More on this a little later... promise!
Well, there it is in a nutshell. The sleeper must awaken! Wish me luck on my big move.