Y’all, I’m not usually one of those people who gets to the end of the year and is ready to be “done with it”. So many times, I’ve heard people complain they are “just ready for this year to be over with”. Understandably this is usually because it’s been a difficult year and they are ready to start anew. I understand it, but it’s not how I usually think.
I guess I’ve never really believed the stroke of midnight on January 1st to be something magical, or a promise of new beginnings. It’s always ever been a holiday; a reason to celebrate with friends or family. I never saw it as a starting line for anything.
That being said, I must confess I am ready to kiss 2018 goodbye! For some reason, this year has simply felt like a challenging year. I have faced some tough relationship choices, had a kiddo go through surgery for the first time, with another follow up surgery scheduled in December. Minor surgery, sure, but still surgery; still my kiddo being put under anesthesia.
I have challenged myself to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually this year, which has been rewarding and exhausting at the same time. I also published my first book on Amazon, and although the experience has been extremely exciting, it has also been incredibly nerve wrecking at the same time.
So it’s just been a year…a long year…and I think for the first time I am looking forward to the finish line at 11:59pm on December 31st and hoping to have a strong start at 12:00am on January 1st. As much as I have grown this year, I hope to grow more next year. But I won’t lie; I am hoping there might be a few less dramas to deal with next year. Perhaps a false hope, but it would be nice all the same.
How about you guys? Are you the type who really looks forward to the fresh beginning each year when the clock strikes midnight? Or does one year just bleed into the next for you? Do you think there are pros and cons to both ways of thinking? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.