After the Non-Apocalypse

No other year sapped my energy as did the year 2012. It started with a big shadow of personal sorrow that dimmed my spirit for most of the year. It ended with a deep darkness, in my heart and many other hearts, cast by the tragic happenings in this country and around the world that made impossible to not question the direction we are going as a society and as humanity. The fact that those tragedies were man-made added extra tint to that darkness: the unforgettable tragedy of the Newtown Elementary School, the unimaginable drama of the sexually assaulted woman in India, the unbearably long and harsh struggle of the Syrian people against their government, and the unfriendly and divisive politicking in this country, could only make one sick. Dealing with so many uns, it was hard, or rather impossible, for me to write those cheerful “Happy Holidays Greetings” and I sentenced them to sit in their box till next winter.

When an invitation for celebrating New Year’s Eve among friends came along, I was very grateful since I hardly could wait for 2012 to end. I put my dancing shoes on, and decided to dance all my troubles away that night – into a better, happier 2013.

Alicja dancing troubles away

I already like this year. It ends with number 13, which I consider my favorite number. After all, I was born on the 13th and according to some predictions 2013 is supposed to be a very good year for those born on the 13th of any month. Don’t ask me, please, where I got this idea. Perhaps I dreamed or invented it, but I like it!  The next year ending with my lucky number will not arrive for another 100 years….so I need to adopt a “this year or never” attitude without any delay.

I wish you, who read this, to have a Happy and Lucky New Year – regardless what your birth date is! Have great energy and some fun in 2013.

Lucky 2013

One really good thing that did happen in 2012, or rather that did not happen, was that the world did not end on December 21st as some believed it would. I was not really fearful of that ending, but “just in case” I wanted to have a picture in front of my studio (aka Word Studio) with The Writer magazine in my hands. Now it will serve as a reminder of that day and my recommitment to my writing, photography and publishing.

Alicja in front of her studio with the Writer mag

So it did not happen! Besides that, according to some theories we are entering the Age of Aquarius – an age of love, light, and humanity! Let it happen, or rather let us make it happen. First of all, let’s celebrate!

An art exhibition celebrating the world not ending is taking place at Raices Teller 222 Art Gallery in Tucson with the opening reception on Saturday, January 12 from 6 to 9 PM. I am part of that celebration and would love to see you there. Please feel invited!

Here is the detailed information:

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop

218 E. 6th Street

(1/2 block east of 6th St. & 6th Ave.)

Tucson, AZ 85705

(520) 881-5335

Exhibition Dates – Jan 12 through Feb 23, 2013

Opening Reception

Saturday January 12, 2013

6:00 – 9:00 PM

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5 Comments on “After the Non-Apocalypse”

  1. Lesley Says:

    Happy 2013, Alicja! I hope this year is a much better one for you and for all of us.

    • Alicja Mann Says:

      Thank you Lesley – I am so glad to hear from you!

      Yes, I truly hope that this year will be better for all of us. How about the Age of Aquarius? I heard that song (literally) some time ago, but…I like to hear it again! Optimism, optimism, optimism – we need it. I will call you this weekend.
      Love,
      Alicja .

  2. mark trocchi Says:

    And a Happy New Year to you as well. Hope that there wee at least a few bright spots in 2012. Looks like 2013 was launched with a good dancing start. Keep it up and dance your way through 2013…. And keep the photos/;blogs coming. I really like them.

    • Alicja Mann Says:

      Hello Mark,

      As always I love to hear from you. Thank you for being so supportive of my writing and photography! Such support is of great importance to me – especially in the moments of doubts.
      Thank you again and have a very nice and lucky 2013.

      Alicja – in sunny, but a bit wintery / crispy Tucson.


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