The most profound experiences of longing and sorrow are inextricably bound together with joy and beauty. Poignant feelings of nostalgia, regret, yearning are precisely what make us wholly human. Especially at this time of year, we are invited not to avoid, but to open our hearts to these very human experiences, embrace them, and permit ourselves to be reborn. The Rev. Amanda Aikman is a retired UU minister who served congregations in Ohio, Washington, and British Columbia for 25 years. She lives in Everett, and wants everyone to know that Everett is becoming more hip and cool by the day.