So, here we are - the end of 2016. And what a year it was.
It sucked right!?
I've never been a huge fan of New Year's -- it just seems fraught with high expectations, over priced food and drink and a whole bunch of amateurs crowding the streets. And then everyone and their hermana reflects back on the past year, makes resolutions for the new year, then writes about it. Not for me. Maybe because it seems so arbitrary to me, versus the solstice, which actually is something.
Happy new year friends.
I have never been a huge fan of new year’s — seeing as it seems so artificial (why is this the new year? being an east coaster, in the dead of winter, it is hard to feel like it is a new year) and it always carries such high expectations, which never seem to pan out exactly the way you hope. Though, I do like the idea of making resolutions — or at least reflecting on your life in the past year and looking forward.
For me, this past year has been tremendous – from making the leap to buying my ticket, to planning this journey to setting into motion all the small things that got me here. I am a planner – I love the work that leads up to the big event – so this year was great for me. And then — I left and started the journey. There were some hard moments, for sure, but thinking back on the past four months, I marvel on my growth, my perspective and how grateful I am.
I knew it would be good. But — was it going to be one of those type 2 fun things? You know, the things that are fun after the fact? Or would it actually be fun in the moment. I guess I have to say that there is both types of fun. But – what has surprised me – is just how good it is. Just how much I don’t want it to end. Just how much I want to keep journeying and seeing and experiencing and meeting and …. living.
So – this past year has been about opening up – embracing the world and all of its amazingness. And its messiness. And its craziness.
So – this upcoming year?
Well, more of the same, right? More living and experiencing. More rambling and exploring, climbing and peak bagging, breathing deep and sitting quietly (thanks Ed Abbey). But, to tell you the truth friends, i am feeling a little sad. Because I know it will come to an end. That this year it ends. That my journey will end and I go back to my life before. But, it won’t be the same, will it? My world is so much bigger now.
Last year, a friend suggested making some intentions for the new year around 3 different focuses (foci?) – personal, professional and health (or something like that). Following an early morning run on the beach, I sat with coffee and thought about my intentions for this upcoming year. I reflected on where I have traveled, and thought ahead to where I am going. I definitely do not have it all figured out, but I also know that I have much more clarity than ever before.
Thank you friends, for being with me on this journey, for giving me courage when I was missing it, for celebrating my successes and reaching out when I was lonely. I am so excited to share the next 4 and a half or 5 months with you (see — i am sad. that seems so short!). I am so grateful for you all.
How did you bring in your new year?