This year taught me about letting go, which has often been my yearly lesson. Overtime I've grown better at parting with the bad things - resentment and draining relationships. This year was a good year for me, though. I felt content for the first time in my grown-up life, living in studio apartment in Portland with my little sister. Everyday, I had the simple happiness of sharing a life with someone I love.
But, then another kind of happiness came along! I was accepted to graduate school and she got engaged. So we packed up our apartment, and I moved across the country. And it was so very hard to say goodbye to the little life we built together.
looking back, I think 2012 can be summed up best by Ms. Mary Oliver:
"To live in this world, you must be able to do three things:
to love what is mortal
to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it
and, when the times comes to let it go, to let it go."
And, there is nothing that captures that sentiment better than the fleeting beauty of flowers.
flower fields (on film):
the Sauvie Island lavender farm
35 miles of Pear Blossoms
Dahlias and Raspberry picking
Skagit Vally Tulip Festival
more flowers on film:
camellias on my nightstand
window sill wax flowers
narcissus, in winter.