Happy New Year!
January 1, 2013
Ten years ago, in the last days of December, I took a series of shots (including the following) with a borrowed Polaroid camera. My sister was overseas – whom I missed terribly – and she wanted to see a photo of me getting near the end of my pregnancy…as soon as possible. We reasoned that this would be the fastest way.
I know it sounds stupid, but that’s just the way it was.
No digital camera. No scanner. No FACEBOOK.
Although we can do this now in the click of a download, you only had two options just a mere 10 years ago (for me, anyway):
E-mail and real mail.
We went for real mail…
…after all, I had two weeks to go.
Well, no I didn’t. An hour after watching the midnight fireworks over Sydney Harbour on the telly, I went into labour. I gave birth to my first child – a daughter – on the first day of the year.
I write this today because I am feeling a concoction of emotions.
My baby girl is 10. TEN.
I know many of you have passed through this milestone with your children – sometimes more than once – but this is my first time and I can practically see her growing – right before my very eyes. I can’t help but see the flashes of the soon-to-be teenager, as well as the giving and loving young woman she is deep inside.
I also feel overwhelmed about the job I’m doing with her (and my younger daughter) – whether I’m royally screwing things up some moments and doing amazing stuff at others.
It feels like a pivotal time and I’m fastening my seatbelt.
I’m starting to fasten my seatbelt with life too.
I feel a buzz about this upcoming year – like there’s a change approaching. I can smell it in the air.
So in these remaining few minutes of the 1st January, I want to wish everyone a fantastic 2013.
May it present a fresh start in an important area of your life; or a new and more positive perspective.
May it be a year of positive change.
May this year be the one that sees a shift in our humanity.
In the words of John Lennon:
“You may say I’m a dreamer;
But I’m not the only one.”
I’m also looking forward to the year ahead with you.
Lots of love,