The end is where we start from.
The new year has finally arrived. In a way, everything has changed and nothing has changed. Yet endings have a way of refocusing our attention toward a new beginning, a fresh start, an internal and external optimism of what is possible. It helps us remember our highest selves, the ones we strive to be, the ones we already are.
There is a circularity to our everydayness, yet on the new year, we get to re-create our world, as in primordial time, and celebrate a symbolic rebirth once again. The singular egg breaks open. We get to create this new world from the very beginning and re-design our imagined world on our white canvas.
For me, it is truly a beginning, not just a mythologically charged one, but a linear one. I left a career, moved to a new home, underwent physical and mental transformation through weight loss and sobriety and lastly, my spirit responded to the call and returned to Nature and wildness.
What does my new world look like? It looks like the life I get to co-create. One where creativity is valued and compensated, inspired by a community of open-minded, innovative minds and open-hearted souls. One aware of its responsibility to Mother Earth, allegiant to respecting the land and reciprocating its gifts. A world where collaboration overrides competition. And most of all, it is one filled with love, kindness, and optimism for what is yet to be born.
In the beginning, I am.
Ana Martinez Orizondo
Artist and culture creative.