“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ― Albert Camus
Being a life-long resident of California, the four seasons aren't as distinguishable as other locations around the globe, but still are very recognizable to us natives. Summer is HOT! Autumn is lovely and welcome. Winter is gradual and for some reason predictably but surprisingly cold, if that makes any sense. We never really accept winter exists in California. Spring never lasts long.
It occurs to me that life can work in many of the same ways. Depending on our experiences, life can go in and out of "seasons" as slow or as fast as the four seasons of the year. What starts out as a brand new feeling or experience resembles the Spring of new thoughts and ideas. Those thoughts inspire dreams and those dreams are as vivid as a memory. Either those dreams actually become reality or they join the others you save and ponder on lazy afternoons, rainy days or those sleepy winter nights. All of these seasons meet at the end of each year to mix, mingle and rehash the glory, lessons learned and all those grand hopes that the future may hold. You come to realize that life happens with or without your say or opinion, as it always has and as it always will. There is something inherently reassuring about that.
It has been several months since I've spoken over the phone with my mentor and former employer Carolyn. "Terry" to those who really know her. Terry and the few other special people will always be regarded as the family I wasn't born into but have helped mold me into the person I am today. I'm reminded of how special and beautiful that bond is whenever I converse with Terry. When you see someone's facial expressions over the phone, it's proof that 15 years of working amongst each other can make a huge impact on you.
The conversation always starts out the same way. "Hi Terry, it's Julie. How are you?". Her response always carries with it the warmth and sensation that resembles a hug that's as real as any physical hug you've ever experienced. "Oh Julie, how are you my darling?". It's the words she uses, such as "Darling", that I was always enamored with. She had always carried with her the air of class and distinction, with a healthy dose of "salt of the earth". What a compelling combination!
Catching up with her and exchanging our life experiences, new developments, ongoing concerns and old but historically proven theories of how the world would be better off if they just adopted our philosophies, somehow makes me feel like we're back in the office spending 8 hours a day together. It feels like home.
Terry is an amazing woman who has entered into yet another phase of life that promises many new experiences. She may not be the President of a national franchise any longer but what life has in store for her is just as exciting and something she looks forward to on a daily basis.
Transformations can happen when you least expect them and it's up to you to make the most of them.
( This is an antique cabinet I picked up from another vintage lover who didn't change its condition much.)
(Almost immediately, I envisioned making this piece a standing cabinet)
(I had big plans to give this cabinet a whole new identity and purpose.)
(I wanted to create a Coffee Armoire anyone would be proud to have in their home. Mission completed!)
It's when we say our goodbyes and promise to call, write and touch base more often that brings home the fact that life happens at its own pace with its own preferences. Family members change jobs, move to different cities, add to their families, accomplish great achievements, or face life-changing difficulties.
You know you're blessed and lucky when the feelings you have for the special people in your life haven't changed through the years but have only grown deeper. These special people never leave your heart and mind. You've proven that the relationships that have shaped you can last forever if you so wish. As long as you respect, admire and care for those that contributed to you and you to them, your lives will be forever entwined and oblivious to the ever changing of the seasons.
It doesn't escape me that it is now the month of December, the last month of the year. It's the perfect time to reflect on the events of the passing year, forge your dreams and create goals for the upcoming year. My dreams will always include the success, health and happiness of loved ones and those I hold dear along with every living soul on the planet. I plan on contributing all I can to my family, friends, community and dreams of reimagining and repurposing forgotten treasures.
What are your dreams and goals for the year ahead? As long as they come from your heart and soul, you can make them a reality! I'll be cheering you on!
It is customary for me to attach a song and I will not stray from tradition. I've attached "Here Comes The Sun" by The Beatles. I love the promise that the sun will always shine through even after the cloudiest of days.
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”
― Yoko Ono
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
Always stay classy,
Project Vintage US
Thank you for taking the time to read my blogpost and feel free to leave your thoughts and comments. I started writing pieces and posts to prove to myself I could articulate my thoughts in a way that made sense. I realized soon after that it was somewhat therapeutic to express my thoughts about life's mysterious twists and turns as well as all the wonderful lessons we learn on the way.