March will be a year since it all began, this pandemic. A year later and with over 2.5 million deaths worldwide to date, something none of us could have ever imagined or predicted. In thinking about this and knowing I wanted to write about this epic “anniversary” of sorts, one song kept coming into my head…… “Both Sides Now”.
“I've looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow, it's life's illusions I recall, I really don't know life at all”
Joni Mitchell wrote this song back in 1969 and stated that when she wrote this, she was going through a difficult time in her life. She describes the song as a type of meditation on reality verses fantasy. An idea that seemed larger than life itself. This song reflects a feeling of deep retrospection, of how our own child’s eyes saw things far differently than our adult eyes do today. The reality that each and every one of us has been living in this past year does indeed seem quite unreal. We have taken it day by day, but many questions and uncertainties arose. Should there ever be a time in our life when we should stop interpreting what we see, when we should stop searching for questions to our answers especially amidst a pandemic? Our pioneers of spiritualism have taught us to hold present beliefs open to restatement as growing thought and investigation reveal new truth. This past year, when we have been stripped to the barest of truths within ourselves and have truly witnessed “Both Sides Now”, we must believe that new truths will indeed reveal themselves as we all discover our own answers. I say to you this day let us see the clouds as “ice cream castles in the sky” and beyond and let us learn and bask in them while we can.
I love you all