Wow! Can you believe 2019 is basically a wrap? It stuns me year in and out, as we move along in life just how fast it all goes by. It was just five short years ago that we were sitting here in Bayside wondering what had happened while drowned in a sea of boxes and Rubbermaid’s filled with our life’s possessions. My shop was nothing more than sticks and bricks while my studio was a mere twinkle in the back of my minds eye. Mason was just five and as we flipped the calendar into December this year, he made his way into double digits while long forgetting how upset he was about coming here. And in this reflection, I can’t help but think about how grateful I am for so much that has come to pass.
After meeting so many of you via the local election the rest was soon history as I found my way back to my voice as a creative. The big plan was to represent my community and once that was accomplished, I would slowly return to my writing and video roots however the Universe had other ideas! The time was now for the inception of this column. Since arriving, The Lowdown has always been intended to represent the core realities of all of you here in Airdrie. I said from the start that I believe art is about all people who create. Who was I to judge? Your art is what you are and if I can’t see that, perhaps I shouldn’t write about it. I felt strongly that there were many in our community who were not fairly represented and intended on changing that. And I did, to a few people’s chagrin.
I am not a perfect man and I have mistakes in my wake, however there in lies the difference. I own them and my healing is indicative of that. I want nothing more than real love to be what people see and read in my words even though there are times parts of what I’ve written about are things I feel need to be said on a high level for all. That is only because I feel my words can invoke change for the better or at least the motivation to think about them.
Essentially, there is great honour in bringing this column to all of you every week. I feel a great sense of pride in this and have worked a life time to hone my voice through my pen so that I may one day have such a privilege bestowed upon me such as this. For me, this column is a tremendous responsibility that I take very seriously and is something I respect to the core of my being.
Now in saying all of that I feel it’s high time I said thank you. As my little column of 800 plus words a week nears it’s centennial, I feel perhaps that I’ve only just begun. Clearly you can see how important writing is to me as anyone I’ve interviewed can attest to. I take it seriously, I make sure you know you matter and respect what you confide while I pour myself into this with the purpose of sharing someone or something of excellence in Airdrie for all the world to read. Whether it’s speaking to the outstanding talent in our theatre community such as The Nose Creek Players or Torchlight Theatre, or the generosity of “The 100 (Men, Woman, Kids) who give a damn”. Or when I’ve shared those in our talented music scene from Steve Jevne to Brandon Lorenzo. Maybe it’s those individuals who drive our community like Lori McRitchie at the Airdrie Food Bank or perhaps the Titus Family who are crusading for Mental Health in our city and province with the Thumbs Up Foundation. In 2019 I wrote with diversity and broke into the cultural importance of food when I covered Chef Ro over at the Pita Basket and the smash hit Flavours of Montreal. I shared intimate portions of my life and healing while making sure the drum beat for Mental Health support was well heard. And in all of that, we all got to know each other a little more.
As this column goes to print over the holiday, I wish you all the very best over the season and as 2019 rolls into 2020 I hope the New Year brings love and success in all your hearts desires. I look forward with hope and excitement for each one of us here in Airdrie and my spirit is filled with anticipation when the thought of meeting even more great people in our city passes my mind. Thank you so much for your continued support and readership, see ya in 2020! And remember, past columns can be read at timlowing.com anytime.