I decided to add one more post to my blog before the year ends.
2017 has seen its ups and downs for me.
On the up side, I have my health, definitely something to be thankful for.
The majority of the people I started the year with are still alive and well.
I’ve made wonderful new friendships and strengthened old ones.
On the down side, it’s been a difficult year worldwide. Because I’m a news junkie, I get pulled into the collective angst. From hurricanes to flooding, earthquakes to landslides, 2017 has seen some deadly natural disasters. I won’t even mention all the political disasters at home and abroad.
In my writing life, it’s been slow. It’s the first year I did not release a new book since I began writing full time. I’m disappointed, but I am far from defeated. I’m still working on the next two books that will complete the trilogy I started with Stranger at Sunset. Thank you to everyone who has inquired about my writing and offered words of encouragement.
In 2018, I will continue to feature music as a way to inspire my creativity, but I will do so differently than I have in the past. The first blog for my newly-formatted Music Monday series will go live Jan. 8th.
As I’m taking New Year’s Day off tomorrow, I’m posting a song to end the year instead.
Most of you will remember this piece performed in Italian by Andrea Bocelli called “Con te partirò,” translated as “I Will Go With You.” It was hugely successful when it released in 1995. Bocelli later paired with English soprano, Sarah Brightman and retitled the song “Time to Say Goodbye.” The duet made it an even bigger hit, performing the tune with full orchestral arrangements.
I love the original version, but I discovered a less lively interpretation, which is in keeping with my contemplative mood this time of year.
That this musician’s name is Hope made it an even more serendipitous find.
As with most endings, there is a sense of closure, even sadness. Another year gone by and all that has happened is now history. But though time is finite, endings inevitably lead to new beginnings. And new beginnings hold countless, uncharted possibilities.
My hope is that you look ahead with optimism and an open heart.
The future is ours to create.
Until then, it’s time to say goodbye,