365 Days Is No Time At All
The initial thought of 52 weeks, 365 days or as Rent so enthusiastically puts it, “525,600 minutes”, can be quite daunting.The start of January 2012 has initiated my reflection of what has happened over the last year of life, my own personal rotation around the sun.
I brought in 2011 alone, with a demi-bottle of champagne, cheering the crowds filling Champs Elysees. My year ended surrounded by loving family, sans alcohol, in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
January 2011 found me freshly heartbroken and single but through a number of surprising turns and beautiful moments, my match was met and we were engaged.
The year began with my determination to let editors hear my voice and heard it was. I was published in print by 16 different publications, online by 24 and by Thanksgiving I began the chapters of my first novel.
Over the year, 26 different yet equally angry immigration officials stamped my passport and I’ve yet to fully unpack my suitcase. I have received mail at three different New York addresses and have now lived in two different Canadian postal codes.
Many days were spent in a doctors office but by the end of 2011, they’d given me one negative cancer screening and one very positive pregnancy test.
I’ve slept in cars, yurts, trailers, trains; on top of lush grass, under grey skies, starry skies and under one man.
It is exhausting just to itemize each life changing event, each chapter closure and beginning; so exhausting in fact that 2011 has caused this challenge chaser to crave a year of consistency. I am well aware that I can crave all i’d like but 2012 will not be my consistent year; nor will it be my year of rest.
This year may in fact be the year that brings the biggest changes, most difficult challenges and least predictability yet. For that reason I have scrapped my tradition of making (and impressively sticking to) resolutions. I have no to-do list, I’ve thrown out the map of my life, my self-imposed pressure will have the year off because 2012— this is the year that we just wait and see what happens.