Here we are again. About to bid another year farewell and welcome in a new year.
Every year at this time, we tend to reflect on the year past and look to the year ahead. For the year past some of us say good riddance and some of us say “now that was a good year.” For the new year, some of us look to it with hope and desire for good things, some of us make resolutions so the coming year might be “better” than the year past, and even some of us fret about change in the new year.
But who of us just relishes in contentment about both?
It’s hard not to compare. It’s easy to dwell on the negative. But this New Year’s Eve I challenge you to find contentment.
At the very beginning of this year (2013), I wrote a post about how overwhelming the new year seemed – New Year, New Baby, New Gig. Reading back over that post now I remember how conflicted I was then – scared and overwhelmed about all the new things happening, yet knowing I should be excited about those same things. As I sit here now, almost a full year later, I can giggle at my past self. All of those feelings were most certainly real and valid. Yet I got past them. Funny how that works, isn’t it? And, when I did, I achieved a whole new level of my self. The challenges I faced at the beginning of 2013? I not only overcame them, I conquered them! But what’s even better is I found contentment in all the things thrown my way – mothering two children, becoming a stay at home mom, supporting my husband’s new (and higher profile) job, juggling various schedules, dedicating more time to writing, and (most importantly) taking care of myself.
So as I sit here now, on the last day of 2013, I am content. And not only about this past year, but also about the year to come. I am content in the decisions my husband and I have made and will make. I am content in my role in our family. I am content with my relationships, not just with my kids and husband, but with my friends and other family too. I am even content with my unknown future.
But don’t mistake this contentment with complacency. I believe that in being happy with who I am and what I’ve achieved, new opportunities and ideas often follow. So instead of looking forward to what this new year brings, I’m just going to enjoy who I am and where I am on this journey I call life.
I hope all of you can say the same.
Happy New Year’s my fellow Road Widows.