It’s New Year’s Eve! The last day to get all of your 2011 resolutions done.
Didn’t lose those 40 pounds? Better get on the treadmill!
House still a mess? Call an emergency maid service!
Novel still unfinished? Ice your fingers and start typing!
Still stuck in old job? Better get out the want ads!
No boyfriend or girlfriend? Match.com that shizz!
For me, 2011 was both a blessing and a curse. Some really great things happened. We sold our house and moved into a lovely new house in a wonderful neighborhood. I screwed up the courage to get out of not one but two jobs that weren’t right for me and found one that is. I finished a first draft of a new novel (!!!). I had several epiphanies about the YA book I’ve been writing since time began. I started leading a local Forever Young Adult book club, which has introduced me to new books and a lot of nice new people. I read good books and saw interesting plays and attended fun concerts. I traveled to weddings of people I loved and revisited some of my favorite cities.
It was also a rough year. Switching jobs is hard. Selling and buying a house is really stressful. So is major surgery. And death in the family. And a home break-in.
So, I’m glad to see the end of 2011. It’s been a rollercoaster year, and I’m ready for a little more peace and quiet in my life. I can only believe that 2012 will be better. I have a lot of hopes and aspirations and dreams that I plan to work toward in the upcoming year, but I’m old enough now to realize that it doesn’t mean that I failed if they don’t materialize. It’s the trying that counts, no matter what Yoda says.
I’m also old enough to count my blessings. While 2011 was rocky, I’m still alive, still have friends and family, still have a (lovely) roof over my head. There are many out there who are not as fortunate. The last day of the year is a time of celebration, but it’s also a time to eke out a last donation to charity in the 2011 tax year. So, if that’s an impetus for you, go ahead and make life better for someone else.
And please, be careful out there tonight!