I’m not normally one for making a big deal out of New Years, so we’re back to the beginning of the Gregorian calendar yet again, and the Earth has made another orbit around the Sun, just as it has done for millions and millions of years…big whoop.
This would be my normal reaction, but things feel different right now. Normally I would not want to acknowledge the difference between December 31st and January 1st, I never made any resolutions. In the grand scheme of things, it is the same difference from July 5th to July 6th, just another day. A concept invented by humans in an attempt to make sense of the world around us. But life is different for me today, and I can pin this feeling on a number of things that happened to me this year.
This year was especially significant for me, I traveled to Italy, four times to London, and to New York for the first time. I bought my first car. I left a job that I hated. I began setting up my own music teaching practice. I met someone who has only enhanced everything good in my life and gives me strength and confidence. And it was a year full of music which I am always thankful for. And most importantly, I cut out everything in my life that was making me sad and giving me unwanted stress. My mental health is at the best it’s ever been, and I feel stronger and braver now than I’ve ever felt in my life.
As scary as it feels I am ready to embrace these changes, it’s going to be a year full of even more music and being my own boss. My horizons have broadened and the world feels so much smaller to me, more conquerable. And I’m very slowly conquering my own world, one note at a time.
Chet Atkins described Tommy Emmanuel as ‘the most fearless player he’d ever met…’
Fearless. I quite like the sound of that.