I was going to write about whether or not to cater to readers, but then I realized I wanted to do a New Year’s Eve post! (So that one will come next week)
It’s here. The Eve of the New Year.
I love New Year’s. Where I grew up it was celebrated with fireworks, roman candles, and loud noise poppers that scared the last twelve months right out of you. It seems a bit more dull these days. But the anticipation is always there.
Time is an amazing thing to me. I have spent hours contemplating it and even wrote a couple philosophical papers on it. (E-mail me if you’re interested in reading them lol) I think it is strange that we have such a rigid construct which affects our perspective of it. Why is December 31st the last day of the year? Is there really something firm and tangible that separates one year from another? Doesn’t time flow evenly? But I suppose it is helpful to our little human minds to have an end and a beginning. I know that it is helpful to me.
Sometimes you get stuck in those seasons that seem to never end…unemployment, difficult family members, difficult friends, grief, frustrating jobs…Sometimes there is no end in sight. Sometimes I think the only way we can bear it is to have endings and beginnings in other areas of our lives.
And so no matter what your job situation is, or no matter what your family is going through, or no matter what struggles you are facing, I am here to tell you 2015 is coming to an end. There will be struggles next year, but there will also be joys.
I used to say this to the girls I mentored all the time: “Most of the time you can’t choose your circumstances, but you can always choose your attitude.” I usually have naive hopes and dreams for the next year, and I secretly know that they probably won’t come true. But at the same time, I have the ability to choose the person I will be in the midst of circumstances.
This past year was nothing like I expected it to be. It had its share of stress and joy. One thing I am thankful for is that I didn’t give up writing. In fact, I made a number of steps to develop and enhance my writing career, and I am proud of the progress I have made. It has influenced me in a positive way and boosted my confidence.
In 2016 I hope to publish two books and write a third. But I also hope to produce some more short stories. I hope to share more and receive feedback from the people around me. I hope to spend time with people I love and even learn to love the people I spend time with. I don’t want life to pass by in a blur. I want to utilize every moment of every day. Those are some of my goals for 2016. But that book isn’t out yet and we can only speculate about its plot.
Happy New Year