So this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different. (Death Cab for Cutie)
Do I feel any different?
I suppose that I have learned a few things throughout the course of this year which, thankfully, was far less painful than 2010. I hope to continue on this positive trajectory and perhaps, perhaps suffer from no horrific life events this year – fingers crossed.
What have I learned this year? This seems as good a time for reflection as any.
- Never try to replace someone you loved before you’ve allowed yourself adequate time to grieve.
- Yoga truly does help to settle your mind as well as strengthen your body.
- Give people the benefit of the doubt and plenty of second chances, but trust your instincts when it comes to their motivations.
- Rome in December is especially magical.
- There are times when you will work harder at a relationship than you’ve ever worked at anything else before in your life and that relationship will still end. The end is not your fault.
- Writing is catharsis, it is a life preserver, it is a method for examining your thoughts and saving them to reflect upon later.
- I still have things to say.
- Accept admiring glances and allow them to make you taller and push your shoulders back.
- Accept compliments gracefully. Do not deflect with a list of your shortcomings. (I am still working on this one – the lesson is not completely learned).
That seems like a good base to build on for 2012. Of course, self-improvement is rather irrelevant in a year when the world is going to end. 😉