Yes, it is that time of year again, then end of one and the beginning of another. Tomorrow the last day of this 2018, and I am not sad to say goodbye. It has been a difficult year, and it seems that way for most I know, Most years are filled with a mixture of good and bad.
But 2018, though better than the two years before, has been less than stellar. But not only did I survive, I did so with dignity and Grace – yes, grace. I managed not to kill anyone, punch anyone in the throat, even when my greedy nephew got in my face. That alone is an accomplishment to be celebrated.
I said goodbye to one of my best friends this year, as she lost her battle with cancer. By the time they found it, it has spread to everywhere just about. I said goodbye to the family compound and to family period. I said goodbye to those toxic. And I am proud of that.
I also said goodbye to grief. I will always grieve the loss of my parents, but I am no longer submerged in the exhausting daily battle. I said goodbye to grief running my life.
But this is also the year that I said hello to finally taking care of y self again. I said hello to indulging in small guilty pleasures that make me smile. I said hello to exercise and PiYo, and running again. I said hello to organizing and getting my life under control. And, this is the year that I said hello to him.
This next year holds all the promise of the New Chapter. The old has been neatly tied up and closed. So I am also celebrating what is next and oh how that excites me! There are trips and love and adventures and life that is waiting. And I am more than ready.
There are no resolutions this year, only goals and things I know that I want and will do. Starting my new life my new businesses, my new goals, my new adventures. If this is my life, and we write our own story, then I am going wide open.
There is an energy around that has not happened in a long time. It is the energy of Hope. The energy of knowing that all that you worked for, is coming for you, in spades.
So goodbye to 2018. And Hello to all that the future holds. It is going to be spectacular. I have not been this excited for many years. And it is not just the excitement of the unknown; it is, fr the first time in a long time, the excitement of what I know is coming as well.
So here is to the last year – it didn’t kill us. And to the next – May it make us happier than we ever thought possible.
Life is short. Celebrate it.