Late December, 2008 and another year drawing slowly, no scratch that...speedingly furiously to a close.
2008 is soon to be gone in a blur, and 2009 will come sailing in, all flashes and confetti at it's tail.
With the new year, new beginnings, plans, dreams, and hopes. But what of 2008? What have we learned? What did we accomplish? How did we make it a year worth remembering?
I don't know about you personally, but for me, 2008 was a year of change, and I'm not even talking about that little thing that happened at the polls in November. I'm keeping this one closer to home, I'm talking about myself.
Everything changed for me in 2008. I lost my job early in the year, and was forced to change my comfort level, my daily routine, my “status quo”. What a blessing that turned out to be. I changed jobs, changed careers, and with that, changed my life.
I love my new job, love my shorter commute and the added hours to my day. A change of environment allowed me to take a closer look at myself and make more changes. My faith took a seat at the top of my priority list, and I gained new perspective on everything. I made new friendships, strengthened old ones, and even learned to let go of others. Surrounding myself with like-minded people afforded me the opportunity to get involved in activities that gave me great happiness and joy.
And then suddenly my own happiness, my own life, became something I wanted to pay attention to once again. So I began to take better care of myself. I started a weight loss program, joined a gym, and started taking care of both my internal and external well being. My physical and my spiritual self received a total make-over in 2008.
I changed drastically this year. Like a butterfly breaking out of the cocoon, I began my life anew in 2008.
I love where I am at the end of 2008 and can’t wait to see where 2009 will take me.
I leave 2008 behind with a bit of mixed feelings. Sad to see it go, for it was indeed a good year to me, but excited at the possibilities of the new year. Happy New Year everyone.