Although I take pride in my reputation for being very BIG on celebrations, acknowledgments and ceremonies … the festive season and particularly NYE, don’t rate very high on the DC scale of immense over joy.
However, the click out of one year and the rollover into a new one, does prompt me to spend some time reflecting, to consider what has been and spend some energy thinking what may be in the next year.
2019 has been a year of amazing highs and heart aching lows.
The usual joy of births, the pain of deaths and the celebration of weddings. The ever-changing, sometimes overwhelming, regularly mundane, unpredictable and sweet cycle of life. Maybe it is a little indulgent but here are some of my thoughts and emotions of this year’s circle of living.
Achievement; Celebrated another birthday, ticked over the 20-year anniversary of my first cancer diagnosis and still sharing married life with the husband …. Tezza Ed
Challenges; personal, professional and psychological … there have been a few ! Dealing with whatever life thrashes at me, responding with the guts, determination and resilience that seems to be the expected standard from me by “the universe”
Pure Joy; #gaplpal tribute in NYC, sleeping around the corner from my Nonna’s house in Lucca, Italy for 3 weeks, cheeses I have never tasted before and 20/20 vision in my left eye after surgery
Disappointments; there were a few, but the thing I learnt was that I can’t control the events that cause the disappointment, but I can control how I manage my emotions and react to the emotion
Weddings; the privilege of being invited and included to officiate in the celebration of love, with 7 couples who committed to each other in marriage
Births; I am still totally amazed by the biology of conception, that the magic of pregnancy does happen for many people and the purest love of all – unlike any other love, is that love that happens at the first hello to a newborn baby
Deaths; never able to make sense of when and why, the unexpected and sudden death of someone who you love and care about is always an rough emotional roller coaster. The anniversary and memories that we are so grateful we have so that we can hold them close to our heart, that at the same time still break our heart
Friendship and Families; when friends become family and family who are some of your besties – they are the folk who are there for you …. reliable, caring and nurturing – all sharing in my life in unique and special ways; is something I never take for granted
Travel; trip to New York City, a 4-day weekend in Singapore and amazing 4 ½ weeks in Italy together with 1000s of kilometres across Australia to so many places I have never visited before. What a year of geographical splendour
Anxiety; climate change …. drought, bush fires and mother nature making my garden a bit crazy with mixed up seasons crazy – not only in my neighbourhood, but around the globe), adjusting to the reality of Terry’s retirement and the sense of running out of time
the Unexpected; connecting with people who come into your life so randomly and make a huge impression, significant contribution and a surprising difference
So on that note, I wish you a happy new year.
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2019 photo #debandtez
photo credit @madelinekatephotography