Getting away from my family for a few days brought back a flood of memories, especially after seeing past-single-life-friends. It made me realize how much my life has changed. I started thinking about new chapters in my life... like when I started paying my own bills... or when Taya was born... or when I got married... or when Maggie was born. It was a new chapter of responsibility. There are always times when I want to escape my new chapter and return to the days when life was simple... but even if I wished it, the illusions of wishingly looking backwards means missing a photographic moment. The hardest thing about new chapters is sometimes all the failures that come with them, especially after achieving some success. Sometimes I have wanted to turn to the next chapter... but looking back... they are all wonderful and difficult and they all eventually end... and wanting to speed through them or to linger might mean missing the new surprises. Most of them are subtle and almost invisible... as simple as a kind word or a smile.