“Every great dream beings with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world”. – Harriet Tubman
As a new year awakens, a fresh set of new goals and dreams have bloomed. I’m not one for new year’s resolutions yet I am a dreamer. After two weeks of holidays and having a life of no routine, tomorrow is a fresh, clean slate of a new year. There are many unknowns and the path is unclear. What will 2015 bring?
I took a walk around my beloved urban lake yesterday before the plunge of bitter, arctic cold and thought about the word “new”. With my new 1Phone 6 in hand, I walked an hour around the lake and snapped photos, amazed by how much better the camera is on my new phone compared to my old iPhone 4. The photos were clearer, crisper and vivid. I found subjects that ordinarily would be boring especially given the colorless, barrenness of winter. Yet somehow they turned out beautiful and symbolic in their own right.
“And now let us welcome the new year- full of things that have never been”. – Rainer Maria Rilke
Sometimes I find the new year difficult. I am running, running, running at full speed ahead until the end of the year and then after all the festivities, holidays, and time with family, I am alone. My husband goes back to work and the kids return to school. It is dark and cold. The slate is empty.
That is when I remind myself that life is a journey and there are many paths to take. What will my path be like in 2015? It is for me to decide.
“Just where you are – that’s the place to start”. – Pema Chodron
I remember my dreams. They are there, ever so present, within my heart and will carry me through the cold days of winter and inspire me.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. – Eleanor Roosevelt
I remember that I am never truly alone. I am stronger than I think. And a new year, is a wonderful thing. Embrace the newness of the year. Embrace winter. Embrace life.
“In the depth of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer”. – Albert Camus
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: New. As we plunge into below zero degree temperatures here in Minnesota, and we are stuck inside the house, I will remember these quotes and inspire myself by believing in an eternal spring.