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Anna Marie Tendler, Ex of John Mulaney, Writes of Change & Looks Ahead to The New Year in Reflective Post

Anna Marie Tendler, Ex of John Mulaney, Writes of Change & Looks Ahead to The New Year in Reflective Post

Anna Marie Tendler is looking back on 2021 as she rings in the new year ahead.

Taking to Instagram on New Year’s Eve (December 31), the ex-wife of John Mulaney and makeup artist reflected on all that happened in her life in the past year.

Click inside to read Anna Marie’s message about 2021…

Here’s what she wrote:

“Change can be soft and small. Change can be large and loud. Change cannot be warded off. Try as you might to shut the metaphorical door, to fasten the locks and batten down the hatches, you soon discover that change is an angry mob with pitchforks and torches – resist or acquiesce, it is here to burn your house down. The age-old adage stands: the only constant is change,” Anna Marie began.

She went on, explaining that over the past two years change has “been synonymous with loss and collectively this loss has been unfathomable.”

“It is tempting to construct a poetic list of all we’ve watched slip through our hands, but what’s the point? We already know it and we grieve it daily. Even if we speak of a future when ‘things will go back to normal,’ our cautiously hopeful tones belie reality. Inertia has propelled us forward, there is no going back, there is no ‘back’ to go back to. Normal means something different now.”

“My own brain is well acquainted with the elusiveness of hope that materializes in sporadic and ephemeral waves. I suppose, in part, this is what it means to live with depression and anxiety,” she went on. “That said, melancholia is oft amplified by circumstance and the circumstances of my year have been harsh and punishing. I find myself asking, ‘when will I feel normal?’ but in reality I recognize that the normal from before has expired; ‘normal’ is an impossibility, there is only ‘new.’”

“How, precisely, do we sit with, in order to move through? We call our friends; we allow ourselves to laugh. We cry in parked cars. We work; we rest. We throw plates just to watch them break; we make things with our hands. We write, we read, we watch movies. We listen to music. We run, or walk, or sprint, or dance,” she wrote. “We ask for help or learn to ask for help. We love or learn to love again.”

Anna Marie brought her reflection to a close, writing, “Here’s to all the things we did this year to cope and here’s to all we will do next year to heal. An infinite history of pain and suffering occurred before this time, yet here we all are, surviving and creating and laughing at tik tok videos. So long 2021. For better or worse I will carry a piece of you with me forever.”

Anna Marie and John split and divorced earlier in 2021. He has since welcomed his first child with partner Olivia Munn.

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