Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thank G-d It’s the Chag

In the past three months, I’ve
    Attended the funeral of a best friend and the wedding of another

    Been to two foreign countries in two different hemispheres

    Turned 32

    Thrown the bridal shower for my closest-thing-to-a-sister, a friend of 27 years

    Helped clean and move out the apartment of a beloved aunt who left 40 years of swingin’ NYC life for a retirement community upstate

    Started and finished a short documentary, shot in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and edited in the richest one

    Visited parents, in-laws and many friends

    Participated in a conference in Israel where invitees were told that basically the future of the Jewish people lies in our hands

    Only been home for a couple weeks at a time, during which I hosted two different houseguests

    Been on 14 flights and in at least 10 different cities

    And experienced just about every human emotion that I can imagine.
Basically, what I am trying to say is…HOLY SHIT.

I am so tired that it hurts behind my eyes, but I am also strangely exhilarated. For the first time in my life, I feel like I’m truly living in the now. I haven’t even had time to think about the past or the future, and this is life—the good and the bad.

It seems very appropriate that the Jewish High Holidays are approaching this weekend. I’m grateful that Judaism insists upon an annual time to reflect and renew. To be honest, I’m a little afraid of what I’ll find when I start to contemplate these last few months but I don’t think I’ve ever needed to embrace the joy, sorrow, and daunting tasks of the High Holidays so badly.

Here’s wishing you all a sweet and meaningful New Year.

1 comment:

Esther Kustanowitz said...

"I'm so tired that it hurts behind the eyes." That made my eyes tear a little bit. Thanks for sharing your Deep Thoughts, Liz, and for being open to new people in your life. Wishing you and Seth the best in the new year! See you soon...the only question is: your coast or mine? :)