I am relieved to have survived the Mayan apocalypse as well as our own personal Pre-Christmas Curse which began with a skull fracture on December 23rd in 2011 and continued with this year’s flu diagnosis on the same day, right before we were to host Christmas eve for close to 40 people.
We got through it and sent our family back to Kansas City with new socks, cologne, photographs, memories and yes – the flu.
I have a handful of funny stories I could share with you. I could spin you a cautionary tale about testing and refining a cocktail recipe repeatedly before your guests arrive. I could tell you about making Never Fail Fudge and spending an evening eating it out of a pan with a spoon because it never set. I could talk about regrets – like that whole V symbol tongue gesture I did during Christmas carols in front of my friend’s dad.
More than anything, though, I just want to talk about how reflecting on the past year of my life makes me reflect on yours too.
So much can happen in a year. We overcome and survive so much – big and small. We revel in accomplishments, cry in the wake of myriad losses. We make friends. We create community. We do it in the real world and we do it online and, for me, the lines between those two worlds began to blur even more in the past year.
The past year held many unexpected things for me – some good, some challenging – as I am sure it did for all of us.
But we are still here and waiting for what another year will hold.
So, yeah. I am not feeling very funny today, but – damn – I am feeling so grateful…for all of you who come here and read and comment, for those I’ve met through Aiming Low in the past year, for the encouragement and the laughter and for all the times that I wrote something crazy and someone said, “Oh my god! Me too!”
Yes, I’m grateful for all of that and more because it matters. It means something.
As I sit here beneath my down comforter in the tundra of Minnesota with my super crazy bed head and my fingers on the keys of this laptop, I am wishing everyone the best in 2013.
Take the bull by the horns!
Let’s kick some ass!
I’d dump Gatorade on all of you, but I’d have to do that virtually and I can’t remember if I got the extended warranty on this Macbook Pro.
Onward, we go. Onward.