I awoke this morning with a smile on my face knowing I had made it through the darkest night of the year. Pundits on NBC even called it “the darkest night of our lifetime” because of the total lunar eclipse that made last night’s sky even darker. Add to that the snow that has been piling up on top of my home these last several days, hiding any glimpse of sunshine, and it was as long, and dark and cold as I ever need a night to be. But today is a great day. Because today, the winter solstice, marks the beginning of the days getting longer.
It is funny, because when I was working, my favorite day of the year was the day we set our clocks back. It felt like such a gift to get a whole free hour. Now, I have enough time in the day….I just want to get up and get going with the sun. And while three months of winter are still ahead, I love knowing that the sun will soon be getting up when I do (even if it is to shovel snow.)
I like this new perspective on time. It gives me a sense of possibilities, of being on the brink of a new chapter in my life, in my life after advertising. And while this decade is technically a year old, I still feel like it’s a new toy waiting to be opened and played with.
I have seen some dark nights. And I know there will be more. But I intend to walk with the wind at my back and the sun on my face for just as long as I possibly can.