2011 has been a hell of a year. Good stuff, bad stuff, indifferent stuff. Most saliently for me, it marked my relocation to this amazing part of the world, and all that that entailed: the beginning of this blog, the entrance of my sweet dog, Ayla, into my life, my immersion in rural culture. Being here has been an incredible blessing, as well as bringing many new challenges.
2011 also brought serious loss: the death of a good friend, the end of a relationship that I thought would be forever. A new year brings with it the prospect of renewal and healing; although these events won’t be forgotten, their significance can change and evolve, creating new insights. I just spoke to a friend who suggested that I do something on New Year’s day that I want to do more of in the coming year; something that will set the tone for the year to come. I really like that idea, and will seek to implement it. I’m not sure yet what it will look like, but I do have an idea about my “resolution” for the coming year: it’s not a concrete task I’ve set myself or a promise to start or stop doing something. Rather, it’s an orientation towards life, a desire to bring a heightened awareness to my choices, to approach my actions and my relationships with greater authenticity and integrity.
With that in mind, here’s the Possum:
I wish you all peace, joy and prosperity in the New Year!