I have two songs that stick with me on this New Year’s Eve.
The first is based on just how fleeting life is.
The next is based on those moments that you never want to let go and if there was a way to hold onto the moment……………… you would.
“Glitter In The Air”
Have you ever fed a lover with just your hands?
Closed your eyes and trusted, just trusted?
Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, “I just don’t care”?
It’s only half past the point of no return
The tip of the iceberg
The sun before the burn
The thunder before the lightning
The breath before the phrase
Have you ever felt this way?
Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?
You’re whole life waiting on the ring to prove you’re not alone
Have you ever been touched so gently you had to cry?
Have you ever invited a stranger to come inside?
It’s only half past the point of oblivion
The hourglass on the table
The walk before the run
The breath before the kiss
And the fear before the flames
Have you ever felt this way?
La La La La La La La La
There you are, sitting in the garden
Clutching my coffee,
Calling me sugar
You called me sugar
Have you ever wished for an endless night?
Lassoed the moon and the stars and pulled that rope tight?
Have you ever held your breath and asked yourself will it ever get better than tonight?
We entered this year with old friends and new friends. We learned to laugh more, cry more, grieve more and share more. We felt more tragedy and heartache. We witness sacrifices and heroism. We hoped for a better future but some buried what they thought was their future. We learned again and again that life is fleeting and momentary. We lost old childhood friends and icons. We faced tragedy and triumphs. Saw children suffer from terror and show great strength in the face of adversity. We buried our love ones and welcomed new loved ones. We all shared in humanity. If we learned anything we learned that we are all human each as valuable as the next with strengths and weaknesses. We are individuals capable of acceptance and change. We are individuals who are both limited by our humanity but also graced by our humanity. If you take anything away then I hope you learned that there is more than one way to live this life and your way may not be mine, mine may not be yours; that it is okay to have a different set of values and expectations so long as you don’t impose your values upon another by physical actions through force, subjugation, oppression, suppression or the taking away of a person’s life due to your issues or beliefs. So let us look back and remember the moments that have forever defined the year 2012.
I am sure you as an atheist have heard this but those who state this are wrong. We have much to celebrate, to be thankful for, to be in awe of and to be in a glorious state of seeking. We are part of something bigger and it is apart of us. So celebrate life, celebrate family, celebrate friends, celebrate interaction, celebrate questioning, celebrate exploration, celebrate debates, celebrate critical thinking, celebrate having a diverse planetary species, celebrate being a heretic which means a person with the ability to choose; celebrate differences (even in belief), celebrate time, celebrate seasons, celebrate the universe, celebrate YOU as YOU are one of the lucky few and YOU are worth celebrating.
Now here is the greatest part……. “WE” doesn’t just mean atheist it means all living beings and the planet itself……….it doesn’t exclude anyone or anything……….”WE” includes us “ALL.” That my friends is worth celebrating.
Inclusivity not Exclusivity.
You are one being in a sea of beings; knowing you are not alone.
The question is what do atheist have to celebrate?
Let’s just celebrate with a song. :)
This is a time of celebration of the winter solstice, it is a time of reflection of the past year and a hope for the next. It is a time to reflect on the warmth and closeness of family. It is a time to include all people as it is the celebration of both the universal laws as well as the planetary rotations which benefits all mankind. We all are created in the same ways, with great and varying abilities, with strength and varying adeptness, and with the innate ability to hope and aspire. It is a time to celebrate all the aspects of our planet and our humanity and our universe.
This is not a time of Christians but a time of humanity. One is exclusive but the other is inclusive. Feel the belonging of being a single being in a sea of beings and know you are not alone.