I was aiming for an end of year post, but it has become a beginning of the year Post. The deep snow and frigid temperatures have slowed me down to a sloth pace. Heavy blankets, thick socks and booze have been my saving grace.
I know 2017 was chock a blocka really rough stuff, I thought instead of focusing on Mandarin Manchurian Candidate and throwing 2017 under the bus, I would write about the things I was thankful for in 2017. The struggle is still real, but the things I'm grateful for, fortify me and give me strength for the fight ahead. So, in no particular order...
MUSIC: It kept me centered. kept me in touch with my emotions. Was a constant source of hope. And of course, kept me dancing... and dancing.
BOOKS: I read some amazing books in 2017. Books are a gift. They're buses, trains, planes, spaceships, hiking boots, they take you all over the world and beyond. They stop time. Books keep me informed and curious.
FAMILY/FRIENDS: I am forever grateful to my supportive and loving friends & family. I accept the complicated, messy, funny, nostalgic and love filled relationships that started and continued in 2017.
DUBLIN: So thankful for my love affair with Dublin that started in 2011. It's become my go to place to get away from the history & stress of being a WOC in the U.S.I'm grateful to all the wonderful Irish musicians I have met, who allowed me into their circle of music.
MADELEINE: I'm so blessed to have met Madeleine.A beautiful 60-something African woman from the Congo. She was sitting at a Bus Stop, waiting for the bus to take her to the hospital for physical therapy. She asked me for directions to a local clothing store. She had lost everything she owned in a fire that destroyed her home & put her in the Burn Unit of Mass General for 6 months. The bus was late and it was cold. She had no mittens, so I gave her mine. I helped her put them on, because the fire had also taken 8 of her fingers. She was still full of laughter and grace and kindness. She gave me SO much more than I could ever give her. As my bus came, she asked my name and said "Bless you". Madeline has kept me grounded and helps me keep things in perspective.
HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Keanu Reeves, Pumpkin Cheesecake, #BlackTwitter, #BlackGirlMagic, Libraries
2018 will be the year of continuing to speak my mind while giving zero fucks. More books, more Travel, more creativity, more Resistance and sipping Tea.