This year I learned that | a collective poem

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January 1, 2021

This year I learned that

I should do what I can WHILE I can,

that being alone

is ok.

I learned that I can deal with living in the moment

that

I don’t have to plan everything ahead.

I learned how to change a diaper, how to use a sewing machine, that I love to teach yoga classes, and that the word ‘martian’ isn’t another word for alien but a word for someone who lives on Mars.

I need less than I thought to be content.

This year I learned that a small life can be a happy life

that we should not take health for granted

I learned how connected we humans really are.

This year I learned that my privilege is wasted if I don’t use it on behalf of others,

that all plans are not plans

but can change in a second.

I learned that I can get through anything,

that health and family are everything,

that it’s ok to drink wine earlier in the day.

 

This year I learned that people are kind

that flexibility and adaptability are more important than I thought

and that Socrates’ mother was a midwife.

 

I learned that it’s good to slow down…

and that the will to be constantly in control is an illusion and will cause distress.

 

This year I learned that it’s time to get a dog.

Photography by Sasha Freemind 

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