Easter is all about celebrating new life and this (combined with having a bit of time to reflect over a lovely, sleepy long weekend) has inspired a new perspective on my part. New life is springing up all around me and within me too. Over the last few days, I’ve finally caught up with work and various other commitments that I seem to have let slip recently. It feels as if this catching up, getting back to where I wanted to be, has then somehow released me, so I am now able to look ahead, to the future and to a new life for me. And suddenly I’ve felt able (and willing) to act upon building a new life. This isn’t just about the end of a relationship, but the beginning of a much broader new phase. New life for me over Easter has meant reserving a ticket to hear one of my favourite authors give a talk, booking onto a retreat later in the year, stashing away a little nest egg in my new ISA and going out with some old friends – and realising that the bonds amongst us are being renewed and reinvigorated.
No wonder that I’ve woken up humming Feeling Good, the jazzy, ballsy Nina Simone number: ‘It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me and I’m feeling good’.