Scan of a polaroid photo taken at Squam by Mommijune
Yesterday was my birthday. A quiet Sunday spent at home watching back-to-back episodes of Walking Dead while making a mess of my kitchen with dyeing (I didn't go to the studio so I could stay home with Nate). It's nice that Squam and my birthday were so close together, because its gave this whole month a feeling of "new beginnings" and a shifting mindset.
Photo of the wish tree from Squam by West of Whimsy
One night at Squam, we had a presentation with author Maya Stein. She shared stories and photos of her experiences as she worked on her book, Type Rider. A particular image stuck with me: a photo of her typewriter, with a piece of paper in it. Typed on it was one of the writing prompts she used for her project. I don't remember the whole prompt, but I will always remember two lines: "Today is first the day. Today is the first the day."
Photo from Squam by MeeganZ
So what does this have to do with my birthday? Here is to a new year, a year of learning to be present in the present and not losing sight of today because of the future.
Today is the first day.