Some people get really excited about the new year, because for them it means peeling off another layer and seeing what’s underneath, letting it cover up what has been and ignoring the regrets of the past. I’m excited to see what’s underneath, I won’t deny that for a second, but I don’t want to ever forget about the year that has passed.
There have been years that have passed and for me, they’ve held no place in my heart and have felt somewhat insignificant. 2011 though? I can confidently say it has been the greatest year to date. I am so proud of what I have achieved, humbled by the lessons I’ve learnt and confident that the world is bigger than just what I see outside my bedroom window. I’ve made countless mistakes (many of them repeatedly), lost friends, cried tears, felt heartbreak, felt broken and beaten down and felt let down by both those around me and myself. But what this year has taught me is that there is a bigger picture. Every experience that has kicked me down has taught me to get up again, every tear has made room for a new emotion and every unsteady step has made way for a strong one. This year has been up and down and literally all over the place. From Melbourne, to Vietnam, to Singapore, to Melbourne again, on to the USA.. I haven’t stopped searching for adventure and life lessons. I am proud of what I’ve achieved this year, I’m satisfied with where this road has taken me and I don’t plan on letting it stop at midnight tomorrow. I plan on taking all these lessons and adventures on into next year with me.
Happy new year everyone, I hope you can find the good, the great and the wonderful in everything that you’ve done this year and that you don’t shy away from taking all of that with you into the new year.