I honestly can not believe it has been over a month since I last posted something here. What a long and strange time it has been for me. Hockey has long played an important role in my life. To essentially lay it down and walk away for a while has not been easy. Sure, there are times over the off-season that I can go for weeks without much mention of the sport; but that is the off-season. However, to stop following it to the degree I usually would during the regular season? That's an entirely different story. Some of you might be quick to point out that I have still been tweeting during the games, which would negate the whole "I've neglected hockey" sentiment. However, let me assure you that tweeting in no way makes up for the void that has been this blog.
The journey I have been on over the last few months has not been a pleasant one. There have been tears, turmoil and quite a few instances of feeling like I had lost my place in my own life. I will spare you the details but let's just say, I wouldn't wish what I have been/am still going through on anyone. I firmly believe that struggles happen for a reason and it is up to each individual to glean what they can from their experiences and use that to better themselves and their lives in a positive way. What I have learned so far (with a little help from my friends) is that no matter what you are going through in your life, you should not lose yourself in the midst of all else. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened. Somewhere in the thick of things, my passions were thrown out the window, stomped on, mucked up and thrown in the garbage. All was not lost; though, I had almost resigned myself to that philosophy. I had to weed through some crap to get to it but my passion for this sport, the game, this blog; it's still there. What's more is that I am resolute in my decision to make sure I take time out for me again. Writing is in my blood. It's my outlet; my comfort. It's about time I get back to it.