Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fall in order to practice being brave.
~Mary Tyler Moore
I won’t make a habit of this, so don’t worry, but I saw this quote and it seemed exceptionally meaningful in relation to our quest to find our collective Ancestral Homelands through the Genealogy paper trail and Y-DNA research.
As I embarked on the DNA trail well over a decade ago I initially only saw failures. Nothing matched at all and I felt defeated. But time after time I picked the banner back up and tried again and what we have today is a broad understanding of Babb migration patterns as well as a dozen unique genetic lineages with far more diversity than I ever expected!
While the specific answer I sought to find has remained elusive, I have discovered new worlds of Babbs that I had no idea existed. I expect that I’ll live out my days in this quest and hope that someone will pick up the mantle when I am too old and feeble to continue. But for now, finding those answers is still on my Bucket List, where I expect it will remain for some time.
In 2021 we will make new discoveries that continue to alter our understanding of the Babb origins and I can’t wait to find out what they will be!
Happy New Years!