I always think that this is a very special time of year, after the chaos that is Christmas, especially in my house, followed by January sales in the days that follow, and then there is this beautiful space, a bit of a breather before we say goodbye to the old year and welcome in a new one.
So as I sit here, part of me can hardly believe that we are nearly in 2018, last week I had a video chat with my oldest friend and reminisced about when we met at college (which is the age that her eldest nearly is now!) some 30 odd years ago, but in many ways feels like only yesterday. It’s true to say that as you get older, time appears to go much quicker than when we were children, when Christmas seemed like forever to wait for and when it was over, you felt so disappointed that you had to wait an eternity for it to appear again! Now the years skip by, however it’s only when we look back we realised how far we have come.
When I’ve reflected on this year, I can honestly say, what a year it has been and in some ways last year seems a very long time ago! It certainly has been a year which has been full of incredible highs, but also some low & challenging points too. I know that I am not alone in this, and in may way this is what creates our rich tapestry that we call life.
You may therefore think that it will be with some degree of hesitancy that we can look to 2018 and make our New Year Resolutions or set our goals. What is the point, you may say, it may not happen, after all, it didn’t last year, we may as well set ourselves up for disappointment! However, whilst I used to view it in this way, now I relish the fact that the future is completely unknown and wonder at what excitement it may bring! I know that our lives can change in a heartbeat and with that brings certainty, certainty that I’m not the driver but a mere passenger in my life journey, the destination of which is completely unknown.
Of course I still dream where I might be going and in many ways it is these dreams and goals that help fuel the journey. On the one hand, there are the steps I take, that I may not have taken, had I not created that dream; but also the opportunities that I see and then take because I am open to the fact that they may appear. Some steps may work out just how I imagined, some may not, but there is always a feeling of momentum, even a step that feels backward, often works out merely as a change of direction or a valuable lesson that I needed to learn, the overall effect being one of moving forward.
However, whilst I may dream about my future or reminisce about my past, I know that all I really have is the view out of the window at this present moment in time. Now I can choose to look inwards, if you like, towards the inside of the carriage and worry, stress or try to control either where I have been or where my journey is taking me to or I can look out at the window and enjoy the view, enjoy this moment in time, and in this moment I know I’m absolutely ok and I’m sure, if you think about it too, you know that you are too.
So here’s to 2018 and here’s to dreaming about our journey and being excited about where it will take us.
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