A year ago today

Hi there! If you’re new to the site, I post every day at 1pm central. It started as something to challenge myself with in 2020. Now, I feel weird imaging how I’d go through a day without posting something. In fact, I’ve posted something daily through 2020, 2021, and plan to do it for the rest of 2022, as well. So click around, there’s bound to be something you enjoy reading. Thanks for dropping in! And now, on to today’s post. I am kind of reflecting on what I was doing a year ago, this very day, and how much has changed in my life since then…


It’s hard for me to believe that just 365 days ago, this very day in 2021 I was writing about bad band names without any inkling of an idea that later in the year I’d be selling my house, selling my car, and calling Florida home. A bit of my backstory is that I’d lived in Nashville, Tennessee for 16 years and while I thought that one day I’d want to live in Florida again to be closer to family, I didn’t have any plans to go there anytime soon.

Going back 2 years (March 2020), I had just posted a clever (if I do say so myself!) post about everything going on with the pandemic which was really just beginning to take over all parts of our lives here in the US.

Now it’s two years later and there’s a lot less fear about the coronavirus. Unfortunately, it’s still around. Much less back then did I think that in 2 years I’d be living in a travel trailer on my family’s property. It’s pretty crazy how fast things can change. In fact, the decision I made about selling my house to live closer to family happened so quickly, too.

I had been to lunch with a couple of former co-workers. One had become a real estate agent and we joked that our little lunch hang out was his way of tricking us into his realtor pitch. It was just a few weeks later I called him and said, “I’m not doing this, but if I WERE to list my house for sale, what kinds of things should I start working on at the house?” The truth is I WAS doing that. I flipped from not leaving Nashville anytime soon to boom, let’s get this thing on the market. He and I listed it just a few weeks later and it sold 2 days after that.

A whole lot has happened since the day I walked out of that house for the last time. I’ve been able to spend time with family in ways I couldn’t have if I was still in Tennessee, so for that reason alone, the ups and downs of such a big lifestyle and location change have all been worth it.

So did I think I’d be living in Florida on March 14th, 2022? Heck no. But it’s true and I’m pretty pumped about it, and excited about what’s to come.

-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

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