It’s December of 2021 and this was a tough year for me and, not to assume, but I’m sure it was for a lot of people. Coming out of 2020, I thought 2021 would be amazing, but it turns out you can’t just emerge from 2020 like a butterfly with the world singing in harmony.
I just finished Jodi Picoult‘s new book Wish You Were Here, a fictional book that takes place in March and April of 2020 in New York City, and it brought me some perspective on how my life and the world changed in 2020 with Covid. I never thought I would want to read a book detailing the early days of the pandemic, but it helped me move through some thoughts and feelings that I had buried. Most days, I just move through life with my head down, getting things done. Yes, I stop to look at sunsets, but I’m not reflecting on anything wise or profound when I’m doing the looking. This was, and still is, an emotional and difficult time. Acknowledging this, is helpful to me for some reason. I did get a chance to talk with Jodi on my book podcast – check it out if you’re interested – we had a great conversation.
Here are a few interiors that have been inspiring me lately. Age, texture and a little color are the themes! I’m increasingly drawn to red in interiors. I think I like the strength of the color.
“Stories never start at the beginning, Benny. They differ from life in that regard. Life is lived from birth to death, from the beginning into an unknowable future. But stories are told in hindsight. Stories are life lived backward.”
― Ruth Ozeki, The Book of Form and Emptiness – I read this book recently and absolutely loved it.