For me the New Year started in Venice Italy, the place I love most in the world and the place that has wrought the most far-reaching changes in me.
Now, I do not believe that change is linear or even regular. Change, as far as I can tell, happens in fits and starts, twists and turns. There are, additionally, two kinds of change: the change that is thrust upon us and the change we choose for ourselves.
The change that is thrust upon us is, almost always, awkward or painful, dramatic or alarming, because it takes us out of our familiar comfort zone. The change that we choose for ourselves can be exciting, empowering. Only as a general rule we don’t know that, because nobody tells us that.