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Driving in the rain on the first day of spring

In Uncategorized on January 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

The gorgeous violins paired with the first paragraph of this song, by Noah and the Whale, capture the way I feel about my life right now. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szbB-vLVnoQ

It’s the first day of spring
And my life is starting over again
The trees grow, the river flows
And its water will wash away my sins
For I do believe that everyone has one chance
To f— up their lives
But like a cut down tree, I will rise again
And I’ll be bigger and stronger than ever before

The past year of my life has been underscored by grieving, gaining strength, and fighting to hold onto hope. Many mornings driving in my car, I resonated with songs about mourning and waiting. It was a miraculous discovery to find myself identifying with a song that embodies hope and light. This morning, I awake, stretch my arms to the sky, and feel myself filled with happiness about the life that is mine.

It is technically still winter for another two months. But the rain makes the air smell fresh and alive. I have crossed to the other side. I have endured the darkness. I have entered the light. It is spring in my soul.

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Taking a stand

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm

 I get too caught up in making sure that I am thinking “rightly” or being politically correct. I want everyone to feel validated, and valued, and verified. I’m so afraid of making the “wrong” decision, because maybe my thought process is off-base.

So at the end of the day,

I’m wishy-washy, no decisions have been made, and no art has been created…

Sometimes I just have to

Take a stand, already.

Say something. Do something.

With gusto.

The fall can only be as glorious as the stand.