Needless to say, this past year has really put us all to the test, a challenge without any semblance of meaning or overall achievement, which left many of us feeling empty and void of hope that the future will bring anything more than disappointment and pain.
This year I have gained a new “mantra”, this being the closest word I can think of to describe it.
Love and Loss
Neither emotion can exist without the other, and both are made more poignant and meaningful by the presence of the other.
It is by embracing both love and loss that I have been able to great the new year with an optimistic view; even if this new year brings more death, loss and what feels like punishment, it will become far more bearable for the presence of, or, at the very least, the memory of the love and friendship that surrounds be on a daily basis. Whilst I may not see all of most loved ones on a daily or even a weekly basis, they are never far from my thoughts and therefore remain with me when I need them the most.
So I say to this new year; “Bring It On!”
As long as I know love, loss is an acceptable part of experiencing it.
Happy New Year
PS it has taken me seven years to get this photo of my three rocks together, my strength, my courage and my livelihood.