Friday, December 30, 2016

An introverted end to 2016

As I write another end of year reflection post, it would be easy to join in on the laments of how awful the year has been, what with the iconic celebrity deaths and the political climate. I could offer a more positive, upbeat post on the highlights of my wellness business this year. I’m sure I could even come up with lists of 16 or 17 lessons learned, goals to attain, and what to let go of or grab hold of in the New Year. But this year, perhaps even more than in previous, I’m feeling quiet and reflective. Therefore, I want to write from that contemplative space.

I’ve never been a big New Year’s person. I would always much rather watch the “When Harry met Sally” New Year’s party scene than actually go out to one. The thought of being somewhere crowded and crazy like Time Square or Vegas for New Year’s makes me itch a little. Even in the year 2000, when it was finally appropriate to party like it was 1999, I went to a watch night church service with my friend’s family and then slept over. Sad, I know. I wish I could say I made up for it in later years, but that would be a lie.

It’s not that I dislike New Year’s. I’m all for toasting with champagne and singing a few rounds of Auld Lang Syne. I just prefer to do it in the comfort of my home, preferably before 11pm. It’ll still be a new year when I wake up the next morning, right? Again, it might seem kind of sad, but I like it that way. After all, the 525,600 minutes that make up a year are so loud. By the time we reach New Year’s Eve, I generally want to slow down and enjoy a quiet space. It’s the only way I can hear the voice inside and discern my next moves for the new year.

So, what’s on my agenda this weekend while the rest of the world is kissing, toasting, ball dropping, and praising, from one year to the next? I’m not exactly sure yet. But it’ll include some remembering, some thanksgiving, and a chorus or two of Auld Lang Syne. 

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