The Sleeper Must Awaken

"...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.