2017 is over. For some, I’d say it was a pretty rough year. We watched a lot unfold on social media.
Friendships break apart.
A country divide.
The temperatures of communities change overnight.
I’d say 2017 was one big test for most. But you know what? It’s over. And there’s no going back.
I’m not someone who typically believes in New Year’s resolutions. I don’t wear red on Christmas and you will never see me in green on Saint Patrick’s Day. I don’t do what society expects of me. In fact, I usually do the complete opposite to spite it. So, whenever January 1st rolled around, I would historically make it a point to treat it like any other day.
For the last three years, I started my diets in November. Not January. Why? Because that’s not when I was supposed to. I’m sick in the head. I know. I did it this year too. I started counting points in the middle of the holiday season. Ridiculous! But I start before New Year’s Day JUST SO I WON’T START on New Year’s Day. If that makes any sense to you!!!
But this year… this year was different.
This year, I needed January 1st to come. I needed a change to occur. I needed to flip to a blank page in my book. I was completely blind sighted during the last week of 2017 and while I was taught a great lesson, I wanted to put it all behind me. So, I became part of the masses – craving for a new beginning. And for the first time in my life, I recognized why this moment was so important for so many people.
I woke up on January first and saw the sun fill my house. It felt new. Of course, it was all coming from my head – I am no fool. But I still took it!
Today is a new day, my friends. Embrace it. If something horrific happens to you during the next 24 hours… guess what? You get the glory of a brand new day tomorrow as well. What a wonderful notion!
Today is mine. Yesterday… you can have. I am done with it. Tomorrow still is up for grabs.
On my 40th birthday, I wrote a list of things I wanted to accomplish during this year. I reread it this morning and it all still rang true. God gave me a beautiful life. I’m not going to waste it worrying about things that aren’t important. I could wallow in a lot of hurt. I have a father somewhere in the world that doesn’t want to know me. He doesn’t want to know my children. Think about that? I have family that I have grown apart from because of it. I have things that have happened to me in my life that have broken me to pieces – that I have to carry with me until I die. What should I do with these things? Fester in them and let them consume me? Or instead turn towards the most beautiful things that surround me? My children. My husband. My mother. A new church. Incredible friends. A job I love. In 2018, I will only turn towards the light.
So, if you were someone that was truly looking forward to 2018, I want to apologize. I never understood the need before this year. This year, I stand by your side – arm in arm – and look towards the morning sun ready to take on whatever life throws at us.
Here’s to a fantastic 365 days! May we all find peace, clarity, and a great pair of shoes.