this was a good ... year
This past week, Marcus and I were talking. "You know," I said, "this year was actually a really good year."
He stared at me, trying to figure out if I was kidding.
"I'm serious!" I pressed on. "I mean, if you take the dumpster fire of American politics out of the mix, and, you know, losing our house, there were a lot of incredible things that happened this year. Amazing trips. Once-in-a-lifetime experiences. I turned 50. This was a good year!"
After he thought about it for a moment, he realized I was right. And in fact, I have the photographs to prove it.
So even though there were challenges in 2017, make no mistake: I'm keenly aware of how lucky a family we are, for the experiences we've had, to have each other, and to be surrounded by incredibly caring people. This was a good year. And here, at the end of 2017, I encourage you to go through your own photography archives to find the moments of lovely that I'm sure 2017 gave you. The process can be really edifying. I mean, these photos give me hope that in 2018, we can create an wonderful year as well.
So here's to creating beauty and light for the coming year. And speaking of being creative, for today's soundtrack, check out this New York Times video of the making of Ed Sheeran's hit "Shape of You." This song was the most-streamed track of 2017, and originally, Sheeran didn't even write it for himself. Spare the 9 minutes and watch the video: it's a lovely retelling of the creative process.
May we all be this creative in 2018.
Happy New Year, sweet friends. See you in 2018.
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