One of my favorite traditions that my family does every New Year’s Eve is to go to our delicious sushi place in town, order a boat load (No pun intended – one time a few years ago it was literally brought to us in a boat.), and then go home and watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. It’s something unique about my family that I enjoy (if you know me you know that I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with sushi) that happened by chance one year and we just kept it going.
I love New Year’s. Whether it is the black and gold that pair so well together or the fun parties that come with this season, there’s just something about it that I look forward to every year. Like every holiday, I see it as a time to gather and celebrate with those you love, but this holiday is interesting to me. It is like closing a chapter of one part of your life and opening a new one. There’s excitement in the uncertainty and anticipation of the New Year. Everything is fresh and ready to be experienced.
To me, it’s hard to measure how fast one season of life passes. Is it in years? Is it in a major moment in time where life must change like a marriage or death, new positions, graduations? I think the musical RENT put it best that it is love and our passions that measure our years and the personal seasons of growth within it.
This has been one of the most interesting years of my life. I started college, had my first job, left my first job, moved three times, and started my blog. For the most part, 2017 was a year for the books. Although it hasn’t always been easy, in fact at times it was pretty suckish, I feel like it was the year that I grew the most as a person. Which in reality, isn’t that the most important aspect to gain from a season of life?
In 2017, I grew closer to the Lord than I have ever before because of a resolution I made at the beginning of this year to be more devout in my faith. I highly recommend that if that wasn’t one of your resolutions last year, then I think that should definitely be added to your list! Even though it was sometimes hard to fit my quiet time in, my resolution made the choices I made and the experiences I had better. I feel like even in the major disappointments and challenges of this year, because of my relationship with Jesus, those less pleasurable moments were more tolerable.
My new awesome job, all my new friends, and even this blog would not have happened without different events that occurred this year that most people would define as negative. So if you are struggling in a time of unpleasantness, just know that it will end (or at least settle) and most of the time something great comes out on the other side of that struggle.
And enjoy the things to come!
I hope you all have a happy New Year! What are some ways that your family celebrates?