“The new year isn’t about what happened, it’s about what’s to come.”
It’s the final day of the year, and you know what that means. Resolutions will be made, parties will be planned, and the night will sparkle in champagne and fireworks.
Happy New Years Eve everyone!
I remember my New Years Eves better than I remember each of my Christmases. It’s my absolute favorite holiday, and if I were still working in the theme park or retail industry I’d actually rather have this holiday off than any other! Sounds a little crazy right?
To some, New Years is just another day. The coming year will start just as the last one did. Midnight to midnight may make no difference. But to me, it gives complete satisfaction!
There is something magical and mysterious about the start of a brand new year. It’s nostalgic and hopeful, a relief and a giddy anticipation, a sigh and a deep breath all in one night! The promise of a new beginning gets me more excited than any gift or celebration!
But let me put it in perspective for you…
This is coming from a girl who also finds joy in a blank sheet of paper, the first day of a new week, freshly washed sheets, and a clean house on a Saturday.
I believe in the magic of a fresh start!
However, I also believe, that no matter how many bad things have happened throughout the year, that there is no such thing as a bad year! Does that surprise you? As if this blog post wasn’t already dripping with optimism and fantasy right?
So much has happened in the past five years to have probably, by any normal persons standards, qualified me for a bad year, no, a horrible year, no, the absolute worst year! BUT…there is just no such thing. Because I truly believe that, “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens, not by what life brings us but the attitude we bring to life”. -Wade Boggs
And while people think it is so easy to reflect back on the bad things that happened over the course of the past year…I think it is actually much easier to reflect back on the good!
If you asked me about the bad things that have happened to me in the past 5 years, yes I can think of many. Adulting is hard. Haha! Life is hard. But by this time I’ve honestly forgotten most of it except for the big stuff. And by this point, who the hell cares? I have so many more good memories to hold onto and to be proud of. Because the bad stuff, it can be bad, but you work your ass off to get through it and then what? It’s over.
“It will get better”. This entire year I got mad at everyone for saying that. “It will get better”. Well let me tell ya, no the hell it did not. Haha. But now I’m laughing because here I am today and guess what? It didn’t get better. I got better.
I got better.
I look back at this year and I say, I know how to take care of myself now, I know what not to do, I know what makes me happy and what makes me unhappy, I know what kind of people I want in my life, and all of that came from all the “bad” 2016 had to offer.
I encourage everyone this New Years Eve, if you feel bitter and angry at what’s happened in your life this year, change your mind about it.
I look back at 2016 and I remember moving into my first ever house away from home, spending the first valentines day in years with a boyfriend, going to LA for the first time and meeting Cassey Ho, making a new best friend who I got to spend the entire year having fun with, becoming a POP Pilates instructor, attending school at Hogwarts, seeing Spring Awakening live for the first time, learning how to paint shoes, eating pizza and watching I Love Lucy nearly every night, getting chosen by my wand at Olivanders, starting my own business on Etsy, flying home to see my family, staying in a Universal resort to finally give myself a theme park vacation, going to California for Christmas, all these wonderful memories…are why 2016 was a great year.
Now look towards the future! The new year is upon us!
It isn’t about what happened, it’s about what’s to come. 🙂