I awoke this morning to no fire, no brimstone, no asteroid hurtling it’s way toward earth at breakneck speed… really, it was a little underwhelming after all the hype surrounding the end of the world. With the realization that our imminent demise was not forthcoming, nor did it even appear that I had even caught a bit of a cold overnight allowing me to take a sick day, I was faced with the stark realization I’d better plan for the rest of my life.
As the holiday season approaches I always seem to take on a retrospective look at things that have happened over the last year and try to see what can be learned and what can be celebrated from another year of life experience. This year takes on an extra dimension of interest with the Mayan Calendar date of December 21, 2012, and all the expectations that came with it. You’re reading this now, so obviously the world is still spinning and we’re all still here.
So, why are we featuring images of a cemetery today, you may ask? This is a good question, and if you bear with me, there’s a reason.
In today’s post we’re featuring several shots that Mrs. Toad and I captured one day in the late summer as we were exploring one of Victoria, BC’s iconic spots. The Ross Bay Cemetery is one of the first established in the area, and hosts many of the cities most prominent members and founders. These folks were responsible for colonizing and settling this new land, and eventually played a role in what has eventually become Victoria as we know it now.
Death is part of life. No way around that, I am afraid. But it’s also much more than just that. It’s part of the big cycle and in some ways you can also look at it as a part of renewal as older generations make way for new ones. It’s no coincidence that many of our cemeteries take on a park-like setting over time as new life springs forth. This all forms part of the bigger metaphor for life.
So, as the holiday season is once more upon us and we reflect back upon the last year and all the joys, treasures and accomplishments that have transpired, it’s time to think ahead to a new year full of hope and to appreciate all the sacrifices that have been made by one and many to make this years dreams come true for us all. Beauty and magic are all around us, embodied in this wondrous place we all call home. Through the appreciation of what was required to get here and an optimistic outlook for the future we find that not only did the world not come to a crashing end on this day, but in reality a new era of hope was born. One that allows and encourages us to put our best foot forward in life and do the very best we can for our family, our friends and the society we find ourselves living within.
Today I am thankful. I am thankful for all who came before us and the legacies they have left behind. I am thankful for my wonderful family, a constant source of joy and love in my short life. I am thankful for the opportunities in front of me, to grow as a person, as an artist and as a community member. And finally, I am thankful to be here with you all, enjoying this ride we all call life.
This is likely our last post before Christmas and we’d like to take this chance to thank each and every one of you for all your friendship, support and encouragement. We wish everyone the best of the holiday season and hope that you find yourself surrounded by family, friends and love as we all usher in a new era. Please don’t hesitate to leave us any comments or thoughts you may have as we really love to hear from all our visitors!