As the clock strikes twelve on the last day of the year, we are compelled to look both backward and forward. It’s only natural to ruminate and reflect on our finest and not-so-finest moments. But then we switch gears and start to focus on what could be ahead. Isn’t there is something so thrilling about having a fresh start? Begin anew. Like a baby’s first breath, we have unmitigated hope.
One way that I like to look back is through my camera’s lens: Colors, themes, places show me what was popular in my world in 2014. Trips outside the city to places like Red Hook, Cape May and The North Fork restore the weary city dweller in me. Respites in town like The Conservatory Garden in winter and a clipper ship voyage around the tip reaffirm the beauty of our fine metropolis. But a trip to Ireland takes the grand prize for high point in 2014. Nothing restores my being more than going further back, to “home.”
One thing that always strikes me is my tendency to photograph landscapes. I barely take shots of people, on purpose anyway. I always look for animals and wildlife but people are a rarity. Looking back on this year, I see a lot of blues and oranges. Skies and sunsets, oceans and the radiant orbs that fall behind them. It never fails to amaze me how each day’s sky can be so vastly different from the one before. Even in a dense city like New York, we are able to view some tremendous sunsets. Perhaps they appear more dramatic with the backdrop they are privileged to call home?
The other worthy note of 2014 is friends. I have made some new and lifelong friends this year. Here and abroad. It’s amazing what can happen when one opens ones self up to possibility. Baby steps!
Looking ahead, I rarely make what we call resolutions. I would be devastated that I failed so quickly, as most people who make lofty goals. My word is gospel and I don’t like to to fail. But what I will say is that this going to be a year of changes. We’re all scared of them, especially as we get older and more comfortable in our place in the world. But my place hasn’t been that comfortable and it’s time to ease on out and upward. Another blogger wrote a similar new year post today but talked about talking about oneself. I still struggle with how much to divulge and how much is really worthwhile to divulge…but hopefully that will solve itself as we go along in 2015.
In 2015 I look forward to taking this journey with you. I thank you, in advance, for all the support! Happy New Year!