For what its worth, if I had a reset button, I would hit it for 2016. But hindsight, as they say, is 20/20 and on this New Year's Eve, I can see much that I might have done differently. But would things have turned out differently? Maybe, maybe not. Who knows. Can't change it now. It is what it is and we must move on. We can learn from the past, but we cannot change it. It has been raining on and off for the past couple days here in Southern California, as if 2016 is trying to wash away all the madness of the past 12 months. And perhaps it is just watering the seeds of what could be a bumper crop of a year. Amen to that.
At the end of every year, and usually into the new one, I do a lot of self-reflection and evaluation. It seems by now I would have learned whatever lessons I needed to learn! And yet I continue to find new ways to experience some of the same old life issues I have been "studying" all my life. One day it will all kick in. It seems we keep repeating the lessons by recreating new ways to learn them, until finally, one day, we learn whatever it is we needed to learn. So I keep trying.
I have several intentions in mind for 2017. It will be a "back on course" year. You, gentle readers, may help to keep me accountable. (But don't fret, it won't require much of you). Some of these intentions include: blogging, working on those memoirs about growing up in Detroit and my experiences in probate. Others include getting back to photography, going on image hunts again and getting my work "out there" for people to see. I also want to use some of those art supplies I have been gathering (paints, canvasses, bric a brac and more) and doing something with them. Travel. Artist dates. And maybe some date dates!
Honestly, when you get to this point in life, the number of the year doesn't really matter. Nor does the number of years you have spent up 'til now doing whatever you've been doing. Now is the time For sure. It begins at home, by being the best person you can be. Think global, but act local. That is pretty much all we can do. That is my intention. So bring it on, 2017, I'm ready for my close up.