|Ready to jump in to a new year...|
I said I wanted to run more than I had the past two years (I didn't run more than 2011, but more than 2012). I said I wanted to travel and I did. Of course. I spent more time with people who matter, revisited my Spanish-speaking ability (thanks to two trips to Mexico!), made space in my closet (barely) and read books and sang and laughed (and cried) and had adventures and was myself, I think. All things I said I wanted to do almost 365 days ago.
I also said I wanted challenges that helped make me better. At times, it seemed like they were so overwhelming I wanted to just shout, "I QUIT!" But I guess the thing about challenges (especially those meant to make you better) is that they are supposed to be difficult and unexpected and change you in some way. Well, sure.
This year definitely had an impact on me, I'm sure it was mostly owing to my mom's fight with cancer and my work situation (and for the record, I do love my job but this year was a little too much at times and that's all I'll say). Now that 2013 is done, I know I have come out of this year on the other side better for what I accomplished. I think that's somehow the point.
|Mexico was a great new place for 2013...|
I can't tell you what I want out of 2014. I think it will be a great year with some interesting moments and new challenges... and ready or not, it's coming. It's here! I don't have high hopes for newness or anything like that, and this year I'm not going to make any grandiose promises or predictions about what will happen. At this point I think that even when you decide you want to do something, it still doesn't always work out that way. It's just better to be flexible.
And still, I'm excited about the New Year because it does mean new things in some ways. A new outlook or something.
“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.” ― G.K. Chesterton
When 2013 started, I was at my apartment by myself. I ate some vegetables and went for a run on January 1. And the year still didn't go like I had planned with healthier choices and all that. 2013 ended and 2014 began with some of my most favorite people in Michigan, and with my family, and with Michigan State winning the Rose Bowl in their first appearance there since 1988. Obviously that's not all about me, but it just felt much happier and much more hopeful than 2013. I'll take that as a sign that more good things are to come.
Happy New Year!