When 2017 began I had no idea I would realign my career, thankfully finding something more suited to my values and built around good people. I never would have imagined choosing to write a fanfiction for game that struck me with its complexity and beauty would lead to a friend. Someone whose history is very different from my own, yet for whom I feel a shared affinity. Together, we've created a magnum opus of a story in the Horizon Zero Dawn universe with emotional depth that has forced me to grow as an author.
While those are the highlights, there have been plenty of small moments throughout as well. Getting to know new people, connecting with strangers in passing that convince you, 'yes, I'm not alone'. Setting the foundations for future resiliency in quality of life and praising each day I awake to see what comes next.
It's easy to get profound this time of year, and I'm a person inclined toward that disposition anyway. My optimistic nature prefers to see possibility rather than limitations, focusing on what went right instead of what went wrong. That state of mind does not come as easily to some and can make preparing for the new year a minefield of insecurity.
I would like to offer hope to anyone who feels this way. Mine is a small voice, but I hope that it speaks to those who read the words I give. Offering something in a world that can seem daunting. So I will extend my sincere desire that 2018 brings you fulfillment and growth without much strife. May you and those you love be safe and happy, recognising the blessings that abound even in periods of discord. Words are not always adequate conveyors of feeling, but I hope the following adds something to your life.
The press of warm blankets
A treasured song
Loved one's kiss.
Peering out a window
Seeing stillness -
or routine activity.
Feeling air shift along skin
Soothing or refreshing
Light at the beginning or end of a day
Illuminating familiar shapes
Crossing time to unite.
Whispering to a trusted confidante
Sharing fears and hopes
The uncertainty of life made bearable
By like experience.
Have a safe and fulfilling New Year,