LOOKING BACK AT 2016

31 December 2016



It's December 31st, the very last day of 2016. Tomorrow we'll be into a new month and a brand new year. Sometimes it feels like it was only yesterday when I was sitting on an old couch at a friends New Years Eve house party in 1999, just waiting for the clock to strike 12 and secretly pretending not to be nervous about all the computers shutting down, or worse, all of us falling off the face of the planet. Thankfully 2017 doesn't have all that Y2K and Millennium stuff surrounding it, because even 17 years later I could guarantee you that I'd still be secretly pretending not to be nervous about falling off the face of the planet again. Thanks anxiety for that.

I feel like every time I come here I end up talking about time, and how fast it's going, and what a scary feeling that is. And here I am again today, doing the exact same thing. I've heard so many people say though, "the older you get, the faster time goes", and now at 31 I'm starting to realize there's actually some truth to what everyone has been telling me all these years.

Along with that, I've also realized more than ever just how precious that time is. Maybe it's anxiety (thanks again, anxiety!), or maybe it's because the older you get the wiser you become but, either way, it's true. Every year, every month, and every day. It's all so very precious.

It's funny how with the turn of just one calendar page you find yourself asking questions while reflecting back on your previous year. Was 2016 good to you? Were there any major events that happened? What were the good things? And the not so good things? Were there things you wish you could have done differently? Or were there things you thought about making happen this time last year that actually happened?

Over the last few days I've thought a lot about 2016. It was definitely a quieter year, but from the roller coaster year that was 2015, I guess quiet isn't such a bad thing after all. We finally made wedding plans, my sister and I took my mom on a trip to San Francisco for her 60th birthday, I started a new job, my sister became pregnant on baby #3, and I started writing here again in the fall after a two year hiatus.

Thank you 2016 for the milestones, the strength and courage, the utmost appreciation, the laughter, the few tears, the best family and love, the good friends, the fun and exciting adventures, and so, so, soooo much more!

They say, "you should only look back to see how far you've come", so I hope if you're looking back too today at 2016 you can see how far you have come, no matter what this year had in store for you.

Have a fun New Years Eve!

Until next time.

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