Along with the day my first wife and I parted ways, the day I lost a good friend on 9/11, and the day nine years ago when the economy tanked and my career was set adrift for the next eight years, the day Donald Trump ascends to the presidency (happening at this very hour) represents one of the darkest days of my life. I truly fear for America, for the world, for the people who are too powerless to stand up to a global era of tyranny that is being introduced as the most powerful country on earth inexplicably puts its future in the hands of someone who is singularly unprepared for the job, and whose incompetence is only matched by his profound and malignant narcissism. I proudly assume my new role as a member of the resistance. I will fight as often as I can, and as loudly as I can, to push back at the wave of horror that surely awaits us, beginning today.
But today -- today is a day when I focus on beauty. Like the kid in American Beauty, who says, "Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it. And my heart is just going to cave in." There is so much I'm grateful for. I did a gratitude list for my IRL friends, but here I'm going to do one for my sugar life.
I'm grateful today:
- That I'm alive and healthy, with a body that still does what I want it to do (most of the time)
- That I'm married to the most beautiful woman on earth
- That my children are healthy, gorgeous, and outstanding human beings
- That for the past eight and a half years I've met dozens of lovely, kind-hearted young women who loaned me their delicious bodies and agile minds for a few hours each month. They have no earthly idea the value that they have had for me.
- That I spent three delightful years with the lovely C/Hayden, and that today she's happily married and maintaining her health. I pray for her every day.
- That music exists to soothe my soul, and will, every day, for the rest of my life.
- That I, my family, my relatives, and my friends are all safe from harm.
- That I'm able to protect and provide for my family.
- That it's raining today in California, and will again tomorrow, and the next day.
- That my parents are alive and well and married for nearly 60 years.
- That my siblings and their families are well and living nearby.
- That there is still so much more for me to learn.
Tomorrow my eyes may not recognize beauty, but I'm betting that eventually they will. I hope to communicate that beauty to all of you in the days, weeks, and months to come.