Awww…..the end of another year. It’s been quite the year…full of ups and downs, highs and lows….a pretty typical year. I’ve lost people, let people or things go, and seen dreams end. I’ve also gained new friends, opportunities, and possibilities.
One of the things I try to do every year is remind myself of how far I’ve come. I don’t make resolutions….because I know myself too well. But I also know what I’m capable of….and I try to remember that I’ve been through hell and come through still standing. My life may not be perfect….but it sure is close compared to what it could have been. And maybe that is just my outlook….because I know there are people who have it far better than I do that just can’t see it that way.
I look back at this past year and I’m so thankful. I was able to spend more time with my kids, and I see them every day at school while working as a lunch monitor for their school. I saw myself come out of a depression that hit me hard this summer….and I feel like I’m waking up from a fog. I’ve been able to have great times with some amazing friends….and see that I’m so richly blessed with a number of people in my life. My family is closer than ever, and we’ve had more days where we are together and laughing than not. I’m extremely thankful for all of my blessings…..and it does make me feel rich! And I can honestly look back on everything we’ve been through and be thankful for the lessons learned and strength realized. I definitely don’t suggest going through hard times to see if you can appreciate what you have….but sometimes life just happens and you have to go through it. I’m a different person because of all I’ve gone through in my past, and I love who I am now. So I don’t want to go in to this new year trying to be a different person. I want to stay the same…..and let life shape me. I will celebrate with people I love and welcome a new day in a new year!
Happy New Year! I wish you all a wonderful 2019!!