“Journey is over, the battle is won.A new chapter starting, a new day begun,
So what do I do now? Where do I start?
Do I take the road known or the one less travelled
Follow my heart.
Life is always changing,it’s time to turn the page,
Now the story continues
And it’s mine to create
So what do I do now? Where do I go?
Do I let my mind lead me backwards in time or move ahead slow?
What now with new beginnings
What now with the old life behind
What now that I’m starting over
With no clue, no reason, no rhyme.
Time to change my thinking
It’s time to lose the fear
The Universe is watching
That’s what brought me here
It’s all an adventure, my life is a song,
I know where I’ve been, not where I’m going
But I’m dancing along.”
I remember the day I wrote the story, which became these lyrics, in my book called “Waking Up.” It was my very last day of treatment for breast cancer, and as I said my good-bye’s to the nurses and staff, I felt a multitude of emotions.
I got in my car and started the long drive home. I felt happy, excited, relieved and a bit scared. All I kept thinking is “now what?” Now what do I do with my life? I had been on a breast cancer journey for over a year and a half, and suddenly it was over. The Cancer Institute had bid me farewell and sent me on my way. What now?
I thought “I know what the last year and a half with cancer was like, but what would it be like without it? Where do I begin to start over without it?”
And so I wrote the entry “What Now” in my breast cancer journal and a year later wrote these song lyrics.
But you know, this song isn’t just for my breast cancer journey; it’s a song for anyone starting over with a new beginning. It’s for anyone who is starting a new life. It’s for someone who has to learn to say “good-bye” to their past in order for the doors to the future to open.
It’s a song for you and a song for me…
It’s scary when something ends and is over, yet you need to find the excitement in the possibility of something even better coming into your life. I can promise you it always does when it’s meant to. Have faith in the Universe and have faith in yourself!
Embrace your day, embrace your new beginning, embrace this life that you are in control of.
The choice is yours…
And I know you’ve got this!
Wishing you love and light,
Lyrics by Anne Dennish – Music and Vocals by Sutton Thomas Music copyright 2016