December 31, 2022
A big big thank you!
As I write this, we are on the verge of a new calendar year. 2023 is on the horizon of a new day, tomorrow…
I’m a big one for fresh starts, I use several benchmarks throughout the year to assess and redress any goals or aspirations I have. And most importantly to thank those who have helped me along the way. People like you!
I use my birthday as a personal turning point. I like it because it’s mine all mine and is not pressured by societal values or marketing. I gather the year behind me and look for things to be grateful for and things to do again, and ways I have grown. It’s often a turning point in my life and many monumental decisions have been made on or about the time of my birthday.
The new year is a construct. The Gregorian calendar was conceived quite a long time ago. 1582 by Pope Gregory. Most of the world operates under its auspice. For me the best part about the new year, are resolutions. Strange as it may seem, that period of communal personal growth, comforts me somehow. None of us are perfect by any means and a time that recognizes that simple fact is useful. We all can take time to remember and redress the past year. A willingness to forge ahead with new resolve is a grand plan we can share.
“Be careful what you wish for…” I was told as a young woman. What was I wishing for then? (A lifelong artist living in a country home with a few animals and a garden to grow food and flowers). SO in that respect I have become that basic wish. In my 30s I always wished for world peace at new year’s. Its goal may be lofty or even unattainable, but blessings such as those, sent out to the universe seemed fitting. In my 40s I wished to be more kind. I had learned from the best of them (my mother RIP) to not be kind, to be selfish. It was a matter of survival against my naive, confused understanding of people. I’m happy to say I am more kind and it is my aim to continue to be more kind as each year passes.
So what are your aspirations, your wishes for the new year?
The 8 paintings I sold this year ( a record low)