as i watched the sun set on 2011, swinging in a hammock overlooking the beach and sipping a pina colada, i could scarcely believe how different the world looked at the start of the year. so much has changed in such a short space of time. reflecting on several fortuitous moments and people, i realised how easily things might not have worked out as well as they did. bearing that in mind, i will be doing my best to keep an open heart and mind again this year.
im down in puerto escondido now, and have somewhat lost myself in the blissful embrace of solitude. a few well-meaning retirees at the hotel here have invited me to dinner, and i have caught looks of gentle pity from others as i wander around alone. little do these people know how precious this time is to me (and how in turn i sometimes pity their banal and repetitive conversations). there is a cacophony of life waiting for me back at home - colourful friends, engaging colleagues and an insatiable family. but for now, there is just me. not speaking for hours or even having a telephone affords me luxurious hours upon hours to do things i rarely have time for back home, chiefly reading and navel-gazing.
feliz año nuevo,