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The lords have done their last leaping, the maidens have overfilled their buckets with milk and those drummers have — finally — drummed their last beat. The holidays of 2018 are over and I can finally, on this 7th day of January 2019, declare my new year beginning.

I’ve been so ready for this new year to come. 2018 dumped some pretty severe shit on my head and on the heads of a lot of folks I know. But that’s over and it’s a new year and a new beginning and I have decided to embrace it head on in all its and my glory. And Nina Simone gave me my road map.

One day, at the end of that old year, I was doing my exercises with my iPod plugged into my ears and the same old songs were playing so I was not giving much attention to them. Then she came on. Nina Simone doesn’t usually make it in the random sorting of my music, probably because I only have two of her songs on there, but she did that morning. She was singing, Tomorrow is My Turn. Those words were exactly what I needed to hear as I thought about this new year and how I wanted to approach it.

Tomorrow is my turn
No more doubts no more fears
Tomorrow is my turn
When my luck is returning
All these years I’ve been learning to save fingers from burning
Tomorrow is my turn
No more doubts no more fears

Those words were like a fist in the air to 2018 and all the times I didn’t do something because I was afraid. I don’t have time left in my life to let fear keep me quiet and safe and not doing things that might just be a lot of fun. It’s my year to learn and to love and to embrace what and who’s around me. I might go hiding sometimes and I might fall into old traps and routines, but I’m going to try. Yes, that’s my new year’s resolution that’s not really a resolution but a promise to myself.

So that’s why Sarah, my social media guru, and I created the new banner at the top of this blog. If I was going into a new year and, in a way, a new beginning, I had to have the start of that road map right in front of me. I don’t know what will come or happen but I’m ready for some new adventures.I’m going to be writing about things and places and people I meet right here. I hope you’ll continue to travel around with me via my words on this blog. Oh, not to worry, sweet Rose — The Cat — will definitely be a part of this whole journey.

Happy New 2019