I know it has been a while since I posted. I could say that I’ve had too much work, or that family has needed my attention, I could say I was just too busy; but the truth is I just didn’t have anything to say.
I am aware that this is my attempt at a travel blog and that I have taken various trips last year which I did not blog about. I will at some point this year, but mostly when I blog it’s about a bigger meaning than just the place I went to or what airline I took. I want to write about what that place meant, why I fell in love with it, why I dream of going back.
And honestly most of last year and the beginning of this one was about trying to discover who I am, and the part of me that has been left forgotten or dormant to go do what is expected of us as career women, as part of society. I forgot in the process a lot of the things that were important to me when I was 10 or 15 or 18. I forgot all those starry eyed dreams and causes I used to fight. I forgot why I was vegetarian for so many years, I forgot my love of art, my political involvement, I forgot how badly I wanted to do non-profit work. In essence I forgot who I was. I left it all for things that I though made sense and were more pragmatic.
Turning 30 wasn’t life changing, not in a visible way. It was a time to think about what I had accomplished and where I wanted to be for the next 30 years. It certainly wasn’t what everyone would think. It also wasn’t what that strong minded teenage me would think, not anymore. But it is time to meet at a halfway point, to repourpose my life if you will.
This is a perfect time to do just that. There is so much at stake in our generation, in our country, in our world.
There is so many of us trying to ignore in an attempt to pretend it’s not happening but remember the words of M.L.K ~
“In the end it is not the words of our enemies we will remember, but the silence of our friends.”
In the next days or weeks ( no concrete promises) I will do more posts on travel, photography and well just life. But for now I leave you with this poem I wrote while walking to the grocery store tonight, that sums up pretty much how I’ve felt lately.
Will you forgive if I let us down?
It was so hard pretending to grow up
I didn’t know what to do
Will you forgive me if I give up on our dreams?
Those far fetched impossible hopes
All those sunsets chasing the sun
Young me, will you forgive?
You were a better person that I am
Youth gives us all the strength to take a chance
And now I’ve become the person we never thought we’d be
Will you forgive me?
If I settle for peace?
If I don’t pursue our dreams?
If I let the visions of the future you had imagined go?
Will you forgive me if I let us down?
The world is such an awful place
More than we would have imagined back then
And I’ve somehow let go of all the all the things that drove me
All the causes we were going to change
All the passion boiling in our veins
All the battles we would fight and win
I got lost and lost them too
Will you forgive me, if I fail to achieve all the success ?
If I ddon’t save the forest or launch a fashion line?
And if we never live in Paris, will you forgive me?
Can we be okay?
I promise to reconcile all that’s possible
To start again and start anew and do the best I can
It was so hard learning to navigate the waters all on my own
And all your flailing innocence and naïveté left me
When I needed it the most
But we’re alive,
And we survived
And for the longest time I forgot who I was
Younger me, I know that you still yearn for all those things
Will you forgive me?
If we don’t achieve them all?
I promise to salvage all the other shattered dreams