I’m sitting in the bay window looking out to sea.
If I travelled in a straight line from this exact point, I would eventually reach the North Pole – no land would get in my way.
People wrapped up in coats and hats amble along the stretching pier as waves lap gently at the metal pillars down below.
And there’s a chill in the air.
I watch as seagulls float peacefully on the undulating surface and my mind suddenly jumps to a happy summer’s day in Brighton.
As I glance back over the 12 months that has brought me friendship, laughter, love and loss, I think about all the little moments that make up a year.
A couple standing at the end of the pier suddenly catch my eye as one of them leaps playfully into the air. He is captured on camera, and I witness the birth of an image that will last a lifetime.
Salty air rushes through the open window and I’m reminded that life is just a series of moments. There are moments that challenge us, and moments that change us.
We laugh, we cry, we give, we grow.
And as difficult as it may be, sometimes, we just have to follow our hearts and trust that everything happens for a reason.