In an attempt to travel further down the path of self-discovery, I’ve decided to participate in Reverb 10, which is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next.
December 30: Gift
This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?
There were a few, actually. I got a gorgeous pearl ring, a set of diamond earrings (hello, potential burglars!), a family recipe homemade cookbook and a metaphorical slap in the face/eye-opener… the slap in the face being possibly the most valuable.
December 31: Core story
What central story is at the core of you, and how do you share it with the world? (Bonus: Consider your reflections from this month. Look through them to discover a thread you may not have noticed until today.)
I’ve mentioned it here before, but I lost my dad when I was 16. There have been countless other events in my life that have shaped me into who I am today, but that single event is at the core of me, of who I am and who I will always be.
It took me a long time to be able to talk about it openly. Now, I have no problem talking about it. Sure, I might get a little choked up, but I would rather remember him by talking about him as often as possible, and take the risk of being sad, than forget him. I promised myself a long time ago to never forget him.
Also, bonus schmonus.
Part of me is pretty surprised I actually made it through the entirety of Reverb10. Granted, it wasn’t a daily thing for me, but I did it.
But now I’m glad to be done with it. It was nice to look back at the year, to try to remember and write about some things I might not otherwise, but now…
It’s time to look ahead. Moving forward.
Photo: Alan Cleaver