‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.’ – Chinese proverb.
Now, to say that the last few months have been a whirlwind, would be an understatement. Plus, it wouldn’t give them enough credit. The last few months have been more than a whirlwind. They’ve been a hectic, crazy, but beautiful storm of perfectly timed adventures.
Firstly, the launch gig. What. A. Night. I owe a huge thank you to everyone who came down and made it the night that it was (and the spontaneous, beautiful rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ at the end pretty much topped the whole thing!) I was surrounded by my most treasured friends and family, and of course some unfamiliar faces, who by the end of the evening were much less so! I had so much fun organising it; rehearsing with Ian, sorting out the stage set, even writing my set list (in advance, for once!) and I absolutely cannot wait to do it all over and over again.
On the same night, I turned 20 years old. Two decades. 240 months. 1044 weeks. 7305 days.
I don’t physically feel any different. I mean, I still have a bump on my once-broken nose, the fingertips on my left hand are still rough from my guitar strings, and my head is still 59cm round. I don’t think that these things will ever change, and that’s okay.
Although, I do think that something has changed. I don’t quite know what it is, and I’m not sure that I can even put it into words.
It’s a curiosity, I suppose. A hunger. A desire for more.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I don’t have the first clue why it’s like this. ‘A desire for more,’ she says, but I still can’t even parallel park, I still haven’t found my signature shade of lipstick and bloody hell, I still can’t even cook a damn omelette properly.
But the second best time to plant a tree is now.
I find myself longing for the next 12 months to be as hectic, as crazy and as beautiful as they have been recently. Although, I hope that in the process, I learn to love whatever I choose to do, and most importantly that I plant, nourish and care for any seeds that I plant.
I will continue to take every opportunity that comes my way and trust that I am in the right place, and that things will happen at the right time, because so far, doing that hasn’t worked out too badly.