Solstice charts the progress of a person determined to fight the exhaustion of unresolved mental issues and looming life challenges, using the movement of the seasons as stabilising focus, starting from the dark of Winter to the light of Spring. Whilst life must continue with high professional and social functionality, the author anchors with elements from philosophy, values, friendship, and nature, to weather intense storms of mental challenge.
Life has no guarantees, so only as the days unfold can they be captured as better or worse, with slow manoeuvring to new boundaries for a personally more manageable and fulfilling present and future, and to cut free from dead weights from the past. As things surface and are revealed, they need to be navigated, and given appropriate marker points in this journey.
Our cerebral, internal side of life isn’t often seen or shared. In the process of resolving self-defeating thoughts, insights into why this is a vital part of our world which deserves more attention are shared through a personal lens of how they arose and what causes them to remain. Whilst we might know and understand the futility of such thoughts and feelings, they nevertheless return and return. They can be changed, with practice, but mostly with care.
In an observational, sometimes raw and disturbing, and occasionally cryptic chart through a year, Solstice shows part of a journey that never stops in our inner most minds.