So this is the New Year….

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. 😉

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