This Is Us

The New Year Isn’t a Fresh Start, and That’s Okay

Even when bad things happen, the past influences us for the better

A lone woman walks with confidence up stairs coming out from dark tunnel into bright light.
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Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing. —Miles Davis

Working around death and dying, I often feel different from other people—alone in a way. Very few…