Reflecting on 2017, it was a year full of loss. I can’t count the number of people in my life who are no longer with us.
2017 was also a year of adversity for my family. We faced a lot of life hurdles together, and so far we are still in one piece, which is a testament to the strength of our family.
Of course, 2017 was sprinkled with some wonderful memories, too. We celebrated lots of birthdays, lots of new babies, and lots of weddings. That is the beautiful reality of life – the older you get them more you have to celebrate.
Looking forward to 2018, I wanted to share one of my favorite poems by one of my favorite authors, Iain S. Thomas.
I first read The Day You Read This on the Huffington Post Blog several years ago. As soon as I read it, I could not help but fall in love with it and the author. It embodies all of the emotions I think every one of us feels at one time or another, but especially when we are looking forward to a better, brighter future.
I hope this poem makes you feel as hopeful for 2018 as it does me.
Happy New Year!
The Day You Read This
On this day, you read something that moved you and made you realise there were no more fears to fear. No tears to cry. No head to hang in shame. That every time you thought you’d offended someone, it was all just in your head and really, they love you with all their heart and nothing will ever change that. That everyone and everything lives on inside you. That that doesn’t make any of it any less real.
That soft touches will change you and stay with you longer than hard ones.
That being alone means you’re free. That old lovers miss you and new lovers want you and the one you’re with is the one you’re meant to be with. That the tingles running down your arms are angel feathers and they whisper in your ear, constantly, if you choose to hear them. That everything you want to happen, will happen, if you decide you want it enough. That every time you think a sad thought, you can think a happy one instead.
That you control that completely.
That the people who make you laugh are more beautiful than beautiful people. That you laugh more than you cry. That crying is good for you. That the people you hate wish you would stop and you do too.
That your friends are reflections of the best parts of you. That you are more than the sum total of the things you know and how you react to them. That dancing is sometimes more important than listening to the music.
That the most embarrassing, awkward moments of your life are only remembered by you and no one else. That no one judges you when you walk into a room and all they really want to know, is if you’re judging them. That what you make and what you do with your time is more important than you’ll ever fathom and should be treated as such. That the difference between a job and art is passion. That neither defines who you are. That talking to strangers is how you make friends.
That bad days end but a smile can go around the world. That life contradicts itself, constantly. That that’s why it’s worth living.
That the difference between pain and love is time. That love is only as real as you want it to be. That if you feel good, you look good but it doesn’t always work the other way around.
That the sun will rise each day and it’s up to you each day if you match it. That nothing matters up until this point. That what you decide now, in this moment, will change the future. Forever. That rain is beautiful.
And so are you.
If you’d like to purchase Iain S. Thomas’s full book of poems containing The Day You Read This, or any of his other books, you can do so here. He also has an awesome personal blog called I Wrote This For You, where you can read his latest works.