2011 has been going on for not even two weeks. I’ve talked to people about anticipations and hopes in the next year. I can’t speak for everyone that I’ve spoken to, but I think everyone has high expectations for 2011. 2011 may be a odd number for a year in its own way to some people since its really in the middle of nowhere. Personally, a year is simply a number. 2010 sounded a lot better but reflecting on it, I feel that 2010 was really overrated.
In final weeks of the year, I had 10 days off of work to be by myself, and what better time than to sit around, stare at the walls around your room and enjoy just doing nothing. Unfortunately, well, fortunately we do have our minds that constantly works (at least mine does). I wander back to reflecting on January till December 2010 and looking at everything thats been going on. Rummaging in my mind to find a few things that make it a good year, looking for good memories. Milestones that were accomplished. When we reflect in life, usually all the bad things and the bad news appear first. Constant deaths throughout the months, dramatic changes in family situations, conflicting situations in our minds, new situations that didn’t bring on better things. Then I think to myself, why make a bad year look even worse at the end of the year?
Everything has two sides. I start listing out events that could have been bad in one way but then wasn’t so bad after all.
1) I switched jobs. It took a bit to adapt to but in the end, the experience and time there was never wasted as I learned a lot that could contribute to my future
2) All the deaths that occured from one of my friend’s sudden death to my two beloved pets deaths brought on profound meanings. I learned to not take the people that I care about for granted and that we all have to make that effort to try to keep in contact amidst our busy schedules so that when these sudden events happen, we don’t regret and we know that we have worked hard to be there for everyone that matters in our lives.
3) I got a new kitten in May. A fresh beginning between the death of my 14 year old cat whose health deteriorated rapidly and the lung failure of my 12 year old dog. My kitten, now 10 months old, has become a heartwarming (most of the times) addition to the family. So, the end of certain things brings on new beginnings as well.
4) Reconnecting with friends played a big part. I tried to be there for my friends and attempted to keep in contact and rebuild past friendships as much as I could. Friends may come and go in our lives but the point is to enjoy every moment we can get together so that even if we were to go apart at least, we know that we’ve had appreciated and celebrated our good times.
5) Learned that my creativity was getting more developed such as little videos and arts and crafts.
I could go on to more and more revelations. These are a few significant good that has emerged from all the bad. The New Year brings in new plans and new dreams and new goals. This year is the year for midnight thinking and getting my life back on track after a destructive (or not that destructive) 2010.
One of the best things I believed that I found in 2010 was a quote that I really loved and I saw it randomly when I was walking around a book store:
“This is my wish for you, Comfort on difficult days, Smiles when sadness intrudes, Rainbows to follow the clouds, Laughter to kiss your lips, Sunsets to warm your heart, Hugs when spirits sag, Beauty for your eyes to see, Friendships to brighten your day, Faith so that you can believe, Confidence for when you doubt, Courage to know yourself, Patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”-Anonymous
Here, I’d like to wish whoever reads this to have a great 2011!