Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Line in the Sand

I’ve never been much for celebrating the New Year. I’ve been to exactly one New Year’s Eve party way back in the early 90s. Staying up and watching the ball drop in New York City is about all the enthusiasm I can muster for what is an arbitrary human line in the sand. Depending on which ancient civilization you favor, the new year fell on the winter solstice, the vernal equinox or some other logical celestial event. The winter solstice makes the most sense to me, but who am I to argue with history winners?

In recent years, staying up to watch the ball drop has become a chore. The older I get the less interested in I am in staying up late and if my neighbors would stop with the fireworks every year, I’d blissfully sleep through the whole thing.

This year though? This year that arbitrary line in the sand is vitally important to me. It’s a tangible moment that will allow me to put 2014 into the “history” category. And Friends, I really, really need to do that. 2014 was a challenge. 2014 sucked spiky, radioactive, guano balls. 2014 just needs to end already.

While I won’t be staying up this year to tell 2014 to “suck it” I’m certainly looking forward to waking up on January 1st with a metaphorically clean slate. I don’t expect things to be magically better though. They won’t be. The same issues that we have been dealing with all year will still be lurking. We’ll still be fighting to reduce some of the shit that has been dumped on us this year, but thankfully, the pile is definitely getting smaller.

2015 isn’t going to be be about new beginnings and changes so much as it will be a return to things I stopped doing in 2014 because it was too much, too overwhelming, too hard to juggle. I’m not one for sticking with resolutions, but I’ve got them this year and I am determined to keep them. Nothing in the realm of impossibility, nothing far-fetched. I’m not planning to take up mountain climbing, become fluent in Latin, and certainly not overcome my fear of sharks by swimming with them. 

Goodbye 2014. Make sure you leave your keys and close the door on the way out.

Hello 2015! Come on in, sit and stay awhile! I've been looking forward to your visit!

8 comments:

  1. Yes!

    We've had our share of issues this past year also. 2015 is going "to be a return to things I stopped doing in 2014 because it was too much..." Is a sentiment I can definitely relate to.

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    1. It seems, the more b logs I read today, the more this feeling is echoed. 2014 was apparently a carp shoot for far to many.

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    2. And by carp, I really meant crap but it auto corrected.

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    3. Hmm...carp? crap? I'm good with, either...lol. I noticed similar sentiments running through blogs myself.

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  2. Well, if that wasn't just a page out of my year end speech. :)
    I'm looking forward to 2015 with the hope it is all about good numbers, given the numbers add up to 8. (hahaha - a little numerology there)

    Numbers aside - I wish you peace and happiness as you start the New Year - and lots of success with whatever you've set out to accomplish.

    Cheers, Jenny

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    1. Thanks and I'm hoping the same for you.

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  3. Here's to putting 2014 into the “history” category! Did you say radioactive, guano balls?

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    1. No. I said "spiky, radioactive guano balls." The spiky part is important.

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