I love New Year’s Eve! All the festive attire, the excitement, the noise, the chaos, the curiosity of what’s to come. But, I love New Year’s Eve because it allows for a time of reflection, reevaluating, and regrouping.
I take New Year’s resolutions pretty seriously. Since about 2001 I have written resolutions on a piece of paper, folded them up, and put them in a little locked up decorative box in my room. As of 2009, I started writing a reflection on the just finished year, as well as writing my resolutions for the new year. This happens within the first few days of January, and then I don’t look at those papers until the next year when I write a new reflection and new goals.
It’s pretty cool to look back at some of the things I’ve written over the years. Some of the goals I had that seemed so far fetched at the time, seem so simple now. It’s interesting to see how priorities change over the years. But that’s good, right? I’m pretty sure it’s a sign of progression.
I really enjoy writing the reflection though, because it puts everything in perspective (have you noticed that’s my favorite word?). I write down big events that happened, and lessons I’ve acquired over the past year. Some lessons seem to be drilled into my head year after year, but I think there’s a reason for that. Maybe I haven’t actually grasped the lesson fully just yet. Maybe that’s why it’s repeated. But, I have to say, the best part is when I’m writing the reflection, I’ll start writing one lesson I’ve learned, and somehow I end up realizing another one that I was previously blinded to.
I know what you’re thinking, “This girl is such a dork!” but doing this gets me so excited about a new year full of new lessons. I’m able to applaud myself a little bit as well, for dealing with situations, emotions, events, that at the time may have seemed next to impossible. Maybe it’s a “writer thing” but I strongly suggest you start your own tradition for reflections and resolutions. Resolutions have gained such a bad reputation over the years – that they’re useless and corny – but it’s all how you view them.
A new year also proves that time is passing, so make sure you make every moment count. Tonight as you ring in 2013, whether you’re sitting with family and friends in front of the TV, or at a huge festive party, make tonight a fun one. Regain a sense of hope for new things to come. Regain your enthusiasm that you may have lost this past year.
This past year has been a tough one for so many people…
To those who lost a loved one or a friend, I wish you comfort in 2013.
To those who lost everything during Hurricane Sandy, or any sort of catastrophic event, I wish you the strength to pick up any broken pieces and rebuild yourself, your home, your life in 2013.
To those who feel a rain cloud has been following them around, I wish you sunshine (and an umbrella!) in 2013.
To everyone, everywhere… I wish good health, good thoughts, and good things.
Happy New Year! God Bless! Make It Count!