Today, 2022 April 22 (22/04/22) (also 22/22/22, hah) is the birthday of the late husband of an old friend. Yesterday was the Queen’s birthday and my father’s.
Last week the Big Guy and I attended a wedding celebration in Letterkenny, Ireland. Tomorrow, family members from that Irish clan will be attending a wedding somewhere in Bavaria.
I certainly mark notable endings — deaths, as the obvious example — but it is beginnings that hold a special place in my heart. New babies and birthdays. First dates and weddings. New jobs, new homes, new cities.
I know that death is the inevitable end of all our exploring but I also know that exploration makes the time between now and then worthwhile. As Ralph Waldo Emerson did not say, life is a journey, not a destination. And as Lao Tzu apparently did say (even though his actual historical existence is debated and how the heck does that work?), a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
So here’s to all the beginnings: May celebrating them inspire us to take our own first steps on our own new journeys, every day.