Today marks the end of something. Hopefully, that something – 2017 – was good. We are celebrating the beginning of a New Year, but there’s always a little bit of nostalgia that comes with New Year’s Eve.
When I was younger, I used to stay awake on the eve of my birthday and spend time saying goodbye to that year of my life. It’s quite silly looking back – that a five year old would spend a couple hours laying awake in bed, saying goodbye to a part of her life. But, I love the idea of appreciating what you have had, and what you have now.
It’s possible that appreciating the past – both the good and the bad – will help you move on to something really good. It may bring you closure where you need it. And it might help you let go of the past.
I got better this year from a long run of chronic invisible illness. But there was a lot of hopelessness in the middle. Today, I want to remember both. I want to accept healing and let go of hopelessness.
On Christmas Day, I set out all my presents and I looked at them. I allowed time to be thankful. I knew it was so important to accept all the thoughts and the love that people put into them. It’s important for me to know that people care and to know that I am worth loving. This is one lessons that I’ve learned in 2017 and I want to hold on to it.
With all this in mind, here are four ways that you (and I) can reflect on the past year. It’s pretty simple:
Four Ways to Reflect on Last Year
1) Remember the bad. Let it go.
2) Remember the good. Be grateful.
3) Remember 2017’s lessons to you. Hold on.
4) Look forward to next year. Be excited!
Life gives us pain. It gives us sickness and it gives bad health to those we love.
But, there is hope. Every day is a new day. And every year is just waiting for us to make a fresh start.
Happy 2018, readers.