Absolute Beginners

At the start of a year, we’re all beginners. We start fresh, with a new beginning, a clean slate… or so some of the clichés go.

My 2021 cycling statistics, before today’s rides.

In “Absolute Beginners,” David Bowie captured this notion, from the perspective of one telling his lover that, even though they’re absolute beginners, the two of them can do anything and get through anything, even fear, because of their love.

“I’ve nothing much to offer
There’s nothing much to take
I’m an absolute beginner
And I’m absolutely sane
As long as we’re together
The rest can go to hell
I absolutely love you
But we’re absolute beginners
With eyes completely open
But nervous all the same

If our love song
Could fly over mountains
Could laugh at the ocean
Just like the films
There’s no reason
To feel all the hard times
To lay down the hard lines
It’s absolutely true”

(from “Absolute Beginners,” by David Bowie)

I agree with Bowie’s words, and am fortunate to share love and life with my sweety. I’m also mindful of missing our kids and their partners and families, and our friends, though unlike so many people, I am very lucky not to have to navigate life, especially in the isolation of the pandemic, on my own.

After a slow, relaxing and reflective day yesterday, I got onto the bike trainer today and did a couple of routes on the indoor cycling platform Zwift. It felt good to begin another year of moving my body, and I’m looking forward to continuing to cycle indoors and, hopefully, not too many months from now, outside, savouring the blossoming of nature.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the official music video for the song from David Bowie’s YouTube channel:

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