2015 – another year coming to an end, and it’s a time for everyone to reflect on the events that shaped their lives this year and think about what they would like to change in the coming year. Some of you get to do that in your inside voice, I’m going to share, in general terms of course, what I’ve been pondering. I’m reversing The Good, The Bad and The Ugly so that I can end the year on a positive note.
- Receiving bad news about loved ones’ health this year was a doozy. The way they handled everything became part of the good.
- My father dying was very difficult on many levels for me. If you’ve ever been estranged from a parent and they pass, you know what I mean. The saddest day, was when I realized that my life hasn’t really changed all that much. My heart goes out to people in this position.
- There are times in your life when you meet what I’ll call “The White Elephant” – that person that you’ve heard about for years, but never met, that caused havoc. I met someone that I’ll just call bad people, it also turned into “the good” for me when I got to tell her what I thought of her. Nobody likes confrontation, but it can, at times, be good for your soul.
- It’s so sad when you reach a certain age and see your friends and family going through some of the same things that you are going through. Death, sickness and job loss is always tough – it’s hard going through it and it’s hard watching other people go through it.
- I like my job, I even like most of the people that I work with, but I let work get the better of me again this year after promising myself that I needed to lessen my load. Being at work until 9 every night made me realize that I have to put my needs, and health first.
- Not blogging as much as I should thanks to the late work nights.
- World events – Paris, the Middle East, even the homeless situation right here in Toronto. Rising crime rates, mass shootings every other week, and a miserable winter – I wish that there was a good news channel.
- I am proud that I got through such a difficult year with more perspective and yes, my sanity. I still have a sense of humour and now I also have the knowledge that I can get through just about anything.
- Focusing on conquering my fears and setting new goals for myself resulted in me getting my driver’s license (finally), getting first aid certified and trying a host of things like axe throwing, archery and rib boating that I never would have done in the past.
- Seeing the way people in my life have handled bad news gave me a new respect for them.
- Traveling with the Frousins – always a good thing.
- Decluttering really does make you feeler freer and the process, even though it’s a lengthy one, is very satisfying.
- Learning to cook – it’s very relaxing for me – I never thought that I would say that!
- Life in general – if you have one, it’s always a good thing!
I usually think of New Year’s as a time to start fresh and make resolutions that I sometimes will keep. This year, I have a different outlook. 2016 is a brand new year, but each day, we can change our lives. We don’t need a new calendar to do it. I wish you all health and happiness and all the best for the New Year.
Until 2016, I remain, gratefully yours,