In retrospect, I did not appreciate the intricacies and surprises that it would bring or the experiences that would befall me and in hindsight, I'm glad I didn't see it all coming because when it did, I was truly amazed.
Looking back, it is two moments that defined this year for me.
The first was in Vienna, sitting on the steps of the Austrian Library overlooking the Museum Quarter in the sun at the grand old age of 40. It was a moment when life just bubbled up inside me and I knew I had everything I needed. And that night, if I had closed my eyes and fallen into a final sleep, I would have gone away happy.
Not that I am wishing myself away, far from it, I still have many adventures to come.
The next moment happened driving home from Dunfermline along the A92 on a rainy, cold and dark night. I had spent the evening speaking about choices and helping others and it happened again. I was smiling in the darkness as I felt pure joy. Since then, it has been a constant emotion.
Happiness is an inside job and it is not determined by other people or events. I have been wandering for years and now I'm finally heading down the right road. Bloody hell, it feels good.
So, if I could leave you with one parting wish, I would like it to be this; find your happy and let life bubble up inside you. I am.