Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Goodbye 2016

Dear You,

I did not plan to send this message so late but perhaps it’s all for the best, perhaps you need a message after all the other messages have been sent. Thank you for this year. Thank you for choosing to spend your time with the things I write. Every single day, I do my best to deserve that honour.

This year has been hard, as has been repeated so many times but every year will be hard in its own way. It’s just a number on a clock or a date on a calendar, nothing that means anything beyond what we make it. We all have to carry on and as you well know, some seconds can last for years and some years disappear before your eyes.

My daughter was born this year and that has made everything worthwhile. A few days ago, I lay in a hammock and she sat on my chest and pulled at my shirt and God owed me nothing at all.

Her favourite jokes are: Fake sneezing and an object that is far away suddenly becoming closer. She has a laugh like coins in a wishing well.

Some moments are perfect and you know you’ll remember them forever. I hope this year that you have too many of those moments to count. I hope you surprise yourself by how strong and amazing and talented you are. I also hope you surprise yourself by how forgiving you are of yourself, when you don’t live up to your own expectations. Nothing matters but the things you make matter. So please choose what matters carefully.

We will be releasing something special this year, to mark the 10 year anniversary of I Wrote This For You.

I send you the best of me,



Carolyn said...

I just wanted to say thank you for everything you do. One of your quotes has been my favorite for years ("Be soft...."). I love your wish for us this year; to treasure and remember the things that are meaningful and be mindful of what we allow to be meaningful.

I hope you have a 2017 filled with purpose and wonder.

Anonymous said...

Congrats, that's amazing. :)

cataclysmsandcursiveletters said...

You've inspired me to write more often.
Thank you, and all the best in 2017.

klara said...

I am so happy to hear about your daughter! It gives me a glow. I never thought I'd be so happy about a stranger's child, but then again, you are not any stranger.
Ten years already, wow. I remember I discovered this website when I was a teenager, maybe it was 2009, maybe 2010, I really don't remember, and I don't remember how I found it. But I did. It's the first time I come to this website in 2017. Some things are like waves, they leave your mind for a while, then you remember them again, they're at the background of your life, and they always come back. Every time you're surprised and delighted, like a friend you hadn't seen for years, you weren't thinking about them, and they suddenly appear on your doorstep. This website for me is one of those things. And so I find myself surprised that I didn't check in January at all, even though it was evident that you would have the most beautiful wishes.
I'm excited to see what this year will bring.