This year has been one of my toughest. There were so many ups and downs that it’s hard to count. When I look back, I can see where I grew as a person in many ways, and I am grateful for becoming more of my authentic self than ever. However, there has been financial issues that made the year quite challenging, and a few personal and family issues have added quite a bit of stress in unexpected ways.
Despite this, however, I am spending the last day of this year with continued hope and enthusiasm – for better health, for better resources, for better life for my loved ones and for a better me in 2016. I am really looking forward to the start of a fresh new year now.
I have this fantasy where me and my Mr. Right are living somewhere far away, traveling often, meeting new people, learning new languages and cultures, and making new friends. I know this will mean not seeing the rest of my family too often, but I am sure that absence will make the heart grow fonder. There is certainly a lot of drama that comes with being a part of a big family, so I can’t say I’ll miss that too much. But of course I will always love my family dearly, no matter where I am in the world. As I get older, I appreciate family more, but I also realize that I am really hoping for a very simple peaceful life without too many distractions. I guess it’s hard to have your cake and eat it too.
I am spending the last day of the year with gratefulness – for the sands that scratched me, the stones that tripped me and the rocks that hurt me; for the people that have moved on with their lives but not out of my life; for new found friends that have journeyed the year with me and indeed, for loved ones who stood by me as I walked through the sands, the stones and the rocks. I am also grateful for the knowledge I’ve gained, the wisdom I’ve acquired, the love that I felt from others most intensely, and the personal growth that has better opened my eyes to the world. 2015 has been quite a year, but I am happy to close this chapter and begin a new one.
Bye bye 2015! Hello 2016!!