When the clock strikes midnight tonight, 2016 will be no more. A brand-spanking-new, fresh-out-of-the-box, as-yet-untouched 2017 will take its place. Goodness, how time flies. It’s amazing how much can change in a year. Some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it just ugly. This past year has been a year of great change for me. More so, I believe, than any other year I have known thus far. Aside from the heartbreak of losing my mother, there have been some dramatic changes in my life. Most of them for the better, I do believe.
For example, I overcame my lifelong fear of driving and got my very own driver’s license. I am quite proud of that accomplishment. I know that it doesn’t seem like a big deal to most, but for someone who didn’t think she would ever get her license, it is a major big deal. A few smaller but still significant firsts followed. Like my first rental car, my first time traveling alone, and even my first Greyhound trip. This past year I finally found my own personal sense of style, I found the confidence I’ve always lacked, and I even found my very first boyfriend. Well, not boyfriend exactly – I guess you could call him my friend who kisses me occasionally. In short, I think I’ve finally started to grow up. Wow. I guess this really has been a year of great change.
And next year holds the promise of even more change. Hopefully for the better. I have only just begun to find myself and the more I discover, the more I realize how much more there is to discover. Both about myself and about this crazy thing we call life. I have every intention of continuing to grow and learn and experience new things on this amazing journey. I hope that this year will hold many more wonderful firsts – both for myself and for you. To another year of great change!
Another year has slipped into the past. As each of us says goodbye to 2015 and greets a brand-new year, what thoughts are in our hearts? Is it regret for all the things we didn’t do last year? Maybe for a few things we did do? Relief at a chance to begin again? Anticipation of what the future brings?
It’s quite common and perfectly normal to step back and take a good hard look at ourselves and our lives at the beginning of a new year. A good chance for self-evaluation. It’s easy to lose focus in the everyday hum-drum of life; now is the time to refocus and redefine. Who we are, where we’re going, what we want. To get back on course in this tempestuous sea of life.
I always ask myself a list of questions around this time. The answers, though some may be difficult to admit even to myself, invariably point me in the direction I need to go. Perhaps they will help you as well.
What did I do right last year?
What did I do wrong last year?
Am I the person I want to be? Why not?
What is my biggest weakness? How am I going to beat it this year?
How can I treat the ones I love better than I did last year?
What specific things do I want to accomplish this year?
What do I want to accomplish in the next 5 years? 10 years?
How can I be moving toward those goals right now?
What am I doing that is not bringing me closer to where I want to be?
How can I make a difference in the world around me?
The only way to answer these questions is with complete, even brutal, honesty. Only when we are honest with ourselves can we see progress. Getting specific with what is wrong and how you are going to fix it will put you on track for a great year. With determination, clarity, and more than a little help from above, there’s nothing we can’t do.
Happy New Year to you and yours from Dirt Road Princess! May your days be filled with peace, joy, contentment, and above all, love.