January 2019 Editor's Fix

A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed colour. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to. And there were no limits to anything. And the people of the world were good and handsome. And I was not afraid any more.

―John Steinbeck, East of Eden

There has been a palpable change in the air throughout 2018, taking place within the hearts of us all. A metamorphosis, a realization, a process that has needed to happen to allow an awakening of sorts. It has not been easy, it has taken our emotions by storm. We have felt angry and enraged. Sad and futile. We have sat back in disbelief… what is happening? How has it come to this? How will we go on? What can we do to effect change?

For many of us, we were awoken from our day-to-day state after something shocking, perhaps devastating took place, causing us to look deep within and providing us with an understanding, a knowledge we all inherently possess. A connection to everyone and everything, then and now and yet to come. We are part of something so large, something that was here before us and will continue to be here after we are gone.

So we stand up, and we live. And we love. And we awaken. It’s a New Year, and while we won’t forget where we have been or that which we have seen or those who have said goodbye, we continue on. For us, for them, for everyone. We are not afraid, and the world has indeed opened out for us.

Happy New Year. Revel in this awakening, and keep it through this year and in the many to follow.