I was thinking about this November, though, and it feels like the beginning of the month was so long ago. Everyone was so excited about the upcoming election. I remember when I actually cast my vote, I teared up, because I never ever thought that during my lifetime, I would be able to vote for a woman to be President. And though I have no immediate plans to depart from this vale of tears, I do sometimes feel that it might have been my one and only time. After Election Day, it just all seemed so sad, then upsetting, then infuriating. I feel like it overshadowed any of the good that happened. Which is too bad.
Because there was good. People found new ways to connect with each other. Birthdays and anniversaries were celebrated. Thanksgiving showed up right on time and helped to remind us of the importance of being in the present. Several people were motivated to some sort of activism, which is never a bad thing when you are standing up for your beliefs. Fall colors surrounded us, reminding everyone that ultimately, we are not the ones in charge. For all of the horrific things that happened, good people pulled together and helped. And if you are reading this, it means you woke up on the alive side of things, which is always a good thing.
Part of me is sorry to see November leave, because usually it's a month I really enjoy. Though I had happy times related to special events, I think this year I'm ready for it to move along. I sincerely want to be here to see it again next year, and hope that it will go back to being the kind of month it usually has been.
Goodbye, November. I hope during the next year you have the chance to get over the turbulence of this year, and can come back to us ready to be enjoyed.
May you always have walls for the winds,
a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire,
laughter to cheer you, those you love near you,
and all your heart may desire.
-- an Irish blessing
On to December, with hopes for the best it can bring to us!