I have two things to say. First, the beginning of the year is pretty neat. December and January are like a paradox. They are together 11 months apart and one day apart. The end of the year has an altogether different feeling than the beginning of the year, and yet it changes, literally, over night. The new year change is so weird at times because we spend 6 months in the latter have of the year, the dog days of summer, the crisp fall, and just slightly begin the chilly winter. Things feel as if they are winding down, getting wrapped up, then BAM! you’re right back at the beginning. It almost feels as if we are are in a horrible cycle, an infinite loop (well, we are, duh). But this one is ok. Almost feels like the movie Groundhog Day. Watch out for that first step, it’s a dooooozy! I got you babe all over again. Where’s the toaster? (you know, throw it into the tub, trying to end the cycle-don’t freak out, I’m making a joke.) But things do change. We aren’t doomed to repeat the same things over again. This isn’t a “oh, we have a new lease on life! we can start all over again fresh” post. I am just juxtaposing the weirdness of being at the end of the year and all of the sudden being at the beginning of the year. The yearly cycle isn’t a pendulum swing, although I think a lot of us would like it to be. I would like that from time to time. But nope, we go around and are shoved right into the start without so much as the courtesy of open debate!
So what do you prefer more. Would you like the year to feel more like a pendulum swing (and do you feel that way already), or do you like the cycle feeling of ending and beginning quite abruptly?
Second, this year I have gotten to more shin-digs, parties, and gatherings during the holiday season than at any point in my Continue reading