welcome to midnight
I've been packing up all day for my last wedding of 2012, on the last possible moment of 2012: New Year's Eve. I've never been one to have big plans for this night, hence the reason why I was excited to take a wedding. I can't wait to photograph sparkle, celebration and new beginnings for this couple declaring their unity.
A new year always brings up talk of new beginnings. Of change. Of hope. Words such as fresh, new, beginnings, over, old are inevitable. I don't know where 2012 has left you, how you feel about the start of 2013. You may feel excited, you may feel hopeless. You may have a running list of what will start tomorrow or you may not believe in change. You may have lost hope in new beginnings, in the possibility to become anew. If the latter is you, I urge you to reconsider.
Hope is real. Redemption is possible.
This is where To Write Love On Her Arms comes in.
For anyone who has been following CarolineRo for some time may remember that To Write Love On Her Arms was the original nonprofit that I partnered my business with. An international nonprofit creating awareness about issues such as depression, suicide, self-injury and addition, they believe that every story matters. One of my goals this year is to begin really pushing and emphasizing my belief in telling a story through a photo session or wedding-the importance behind capturing stories, regardless how big or small they may seem. Along with some other major changes that will begin to appear in the next few months, To Write Love On Her Arms will be returning as CarolineRo's nonprofit. Now, to make it clear, I didn't write these words below, nor design this picture: they belong to To Write Love On Her Arms. (Feel free to read it from the source, here). I simply thought these words were so beautiful and a perfect match to how I'll be viewing the countdown at 11:59.
"Change takes more than a moment, but maybe there's also something to this celebration of a moment, something to the way it speaks to us, something to the way we fear it, and dream it to be true. Maybe it's the most honest moment of the year. It's possible to change. Welcome to Midnight. Here's to the possibilities."
Five. Four. Three. Two. One.
The ball drops and fireworks. Resolutions are made. People scream and people kiss and is it possible to change? Is it really truly possible to leave the past behind?
Welcome to Midnight.
Another year comes to a close. Another year begins. With a moment in between. Why the fuss? Why the fame and fireworks? Is it more than hype? More than something else to sell us? Is there something to this holiday? Something true inside it? Because isn't there something inside us that aches for change... Dreams it to be possible... To let go. To hold on. To leave it behind. To start again. To be new. Is it possible?
If you're reading this, if there's air in your lungs, then you're alive today tonight right now. And who can know how long we have here... And is it a gift? Was it ever a gift? Did that ever feel true or could that one day feel true? Are there things to fight to live for? Moments and people... Weddings and children and all your different dreams... Love... Is your life more than just your own? And are there broken things you were made to fight to fix? Broken families, broken friends... Injustice. Will you move for things that matter?
Wouldn't it be nice if change took just a moment? Wouldn't it be nice if it were that easy? Midnight and we're new. Midnight and the past erased. Midnight and we're free.
It seems to come slow. It seems to be a surgery. Forgiveness. Healing. Sobriety. Letting go. Starting over. It seems to happen slowly over time. One day at a time, the choice made new each morning. Will you fight? Will you fight to be healthy? Will you fight to be free? Will you fight for your story? Will you fight to get the help you need?
Change takes more than a moment, but maybe there's also something to this celebration of a moment, something to the way it speaks to us, something to the way we fear it, and dream it to be true. Maybe it's the most honest moment of the year.
It's possible to change. Welcome to Midnight. Here's to the possibilities. Peace to You. jamie