It’s been an incredibly long time since I’ve written and I have a piece coming up today. I’d like to briefly address the lack of writing however before I publish that piece.
On January 15th I entered into a new relationship. I’m the type of guy who works best on a rigid schedule, thus I had to adapt to being in a new relationship and all the changes that would happen in my life during that time. Many changes did occur and I was able to publish about one of them.
We got engaged on March 30th in front of the Alamo while we were in Texas to see my son graduate from Air Force basic training. On April 11th we found out we were having a baby. Then on April 22nd we held my brother’s memorial. It was quite a tumultuous time and the best I could do was get out a piece my brother had written, a song I had written for him, and his eulogy.
From that point forward our focus was on the pregnancy and our own health. We did a fantastic job with the pregnancy but our physical health was in the decline. I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and I start putting on a lot of weight. We moved into a new apartment that would be just the right size for the three of us and we helped my daughter move from North Carolina to Minnesota.
On 12/6/17 after a 35.5 hour labor Gunnar Odin Mapstone was born. The holidays and my son’s birth were a fantastic time to reevaluate a lot of how I treated myself throughout the previous year. Thus it was that I decided to embrace my heritage and spirituality more firmly, start eating on a ketogenic diet plan again, and return to the gym.
It was a visit to the gym only yesterday that inspired me to publish the next piece I’m going to write. It’ll be a two-part piece with the first focusing on the sacred masculine and the second focusing on the sacred feminine. I look forward to hearing your thoughts once more on these pieces.
Stephen E. Mapstone