I've been thinking about stress and pain and loss lately. Today's selection for the Musical Advent Calendar is the song "La Peregrinacion" by Ariel Ramirez, Argentinian composer, from his piece "Navidad Nuestra," which means "Our Christmas." The whole piece is amazing, but this song, which means "The Journey," is my favorite. I wrote a post about the lyrics almost exactly five years ago, so go read the lyrics (in Spanish and I included an English translation) and listen to the gorgeous harmonies.
I remembered writing that post, but when I found it and read it again in prep for the calendar it shocked me. At the time, I was slowly processing the fact that my marriage couldn't continue, and I was slogging through each day with a 3.5-year-old and a 7-month-old. It was an extraordinarily difficult time for me, when I didn't know who I was anymore or what kind of future I could possibly have. In a lot of ways it felt like I was going to be there forever, just trying to get through each day, unloved and unrealized.
I want you to know that whatever your specific hurt is right now, whether it's the grind of having little children, or a relationships having ended or being in the process of falling apart, or not knowing what your future is, that you are not alone. Many of us have been there, or are there now. We are on the same journey.
This song, for me, was a signpost.
If you've been there in some way, could you leave a signpost here for someone who is still on the rough part of the journey?