This was the year that I lived to see another year. This was the year that I discovered Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy Ice Cream…truly therapy. This was the year that my relationship with my sister changed forever. It was the year that I discovered long lost friends from ten, fifteen, twenty, even thirty years ago…this was amazing. It was the year that I realized that good friends could sometimes feel just like family, and that sometimes family can feel less like good friends. This was the year that for the first time in eight years the candidate I voted for… won…Hallelujah! It was the year that the economy tanked and the housing market collapsed; hopefully no place to go but up…hopefully. This was the year that I sold my tandem kayak on Craigslist in one day. I love Craigslist. It was the year I tried Pepe’s Clam Pizza, Super Duper Weenies, and Ipswich Clams. Perhaps not the choice of champions, but it sure was good. It was the year that my inspirational yoga teacher/friend had an aneurysm. Initially her outcome was quite grim. Now after three months she is able to walk, to talk, and to read…she is still inspirational. She doesn’t remember ever teaching a yoga class, this may just be a matter of time. It was the year that I felt scared, angry, sad, hopeful, helpless, lucky, unlucky, positive, negative…sometimes all at the same time. It was the year that I tried acupuncture and liked it enough to keep trying it. This was the year that we adopted a beautiful, sweet new puppy. It was the year that I was unable to work, that my only job was to regain my health, and this felt like the hardest job I ever had…and these are just the things that I remember.
It was quite a year and I’m glad to see it pass. It’s funny about a New Year, you go to sleep and wake up and it’s a New Year, and some how it feels like a page has turned, there is a fresh beginning…out with the old and in with the new. It’s just another day, but what a difference a day can make.