I couldn’t have said it better myself.
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
This quote resonated with me in its sheer simplicity. Life has been so extraordinarily complex that its been easy to forget who I am. It was these whimsy and poetic, soulful words which grounded me once again and allowed for desperate release. Despite it’s repetition, I am grateful. There is use to recycled words, especially for those whose ears haven’t had the fortune of listening. These speak to the nature of my being.
Looking back, I’ve certainly surprised myself in 2009. I have been both blessed and mistreated. I’ve given my thanks and risen above the chaos. I am stronger.
My wish for 2009 however, is not for me, but for those of you who continue to struggle in various situations. Find your simplicity and build upon that foundation. You will find your strength. You will find yourself.
When the music starts to play, when the songs are sung and when the paint splashes against your canvases, make your paintings beautiful and use the brightest of colors.
To steal just the tiniest of fairy dust, I am still waiting for that aforementioned kiss.
Warmth and Solace, my most wonderful friends. This year will be better.