I turned twenty six last Saturday, an age that I felt much better about turning than the one previously. I'm not sure why exactly, if it's because my situation has changed, or if I've gotten better at being happier with where I am. Or maybe twenty six just has another ring to it, less definitive than a quarter of a century but starting to sound old enough to be really comfortable and confident in yourself. I hope that's what this year will be like. So far I think that one of the benefits of getting older (relatively, of course) is knowing what you like, and not having to make excuses for it. So I chose to spend my birthday quietly, at a museum, looking at depictions of icy expanses and out the windows to another grey landscape of blending sky and sea. It was the perfect setting to take some time to reflect on the past year, and what this next year might bring. They did a beautiful job with the exhibition as well, bringing together art history, natural history, science, and contemporary art to discuss some of the big issues that surround the region. It also seemed fitting that the Arctic is a place where Canadian and Danish (Greenlandic) history and geography overlap. Of course I forgot to take any photos (I forgot at Thanksgiving too!), but my birthday buddy Julie and I also had a smallish gathering on Sunday to celebrate. Lots of cake was eaten and cups of tea drank. I'm so thankful for my family and friends, here and there.
I think twenty six will be a good year.
All images via Lousiana's great exhibition site