The morning alarm went off as usual and I found myself sitting on the edge of my bed scratching my head and catching my fingers in that matted mass I call my hair. Another day of work, I thought. Time to get going and stop putting off the inevitable. And with an old heave ho, I launched my rather large bottom off my rather high bed and landed on the floor with a thunderous thump as I started what would be the last eleven days of 2011.
Stumbling into the wall, tripping over my slippers, I lethargically dragged myself to the glaring light coming from my bathroom. I stood staring in the bathroom vanity mirror for several moments surveying the rather large pimple that was flashing it's white neon head at me from the inside of one of my flaring nostrils. With tweezers in hand I tried to get at the little bugger, but eventually gave up when I realized it was on an angle in my nose that I and the tweezers could not quite comprehend.
With a resounding sigh, I jumped into the shower and turned on the soft warm heat of the soothing water and closed my eyes and thought.... "where did this year go?"
Moments of this year flashed furiously by like a movie in fast motion. And there, in a blink, it seemed to me that the year had disappeared as quickly as it came. Things had changed drastically in my life in twelve short months. I have watched my mother's little pooch go from being spry to being geriatric, I have seen my older niece turn into a vivacious confident woman, my younger niece turn into an Audrey Hepburn beauty with the lady-like manners to match, my grandmother revert back to child-like senses and my sister-in-law struggle over the possibility of not living till the end of the year. I have put my house up for sale, and have taken it down, I have struggled with my own health, bad news and moments of despair. I have shut down my blog, opened it back up and taken time to reflect on the things that became important. I have cleansed my poor body and learned to work with it as oppose to against it. I have put some things into play and sat idly by while I let more important things pass me by.
All in all, it's been a year of learning.
Ironically, I can remember that 2011 was to be the year about me. And while a small part of it was, mostly it wasn't. Part of it became about the battle between myself and my all encompassing nemesis of my daily life, pain.
But mostly, it was about the connection with others thru social media and what it brought to me.
It was about finding joy in small places, simple ideas and everyday situations. It prompted me to start my 500 days of Happiness Page on Facebook. Funnily enough, I never thought I would make it past day 50, and here I am at day 243, with a small but loyal group of followers who regularly contribute and do wonderful things by posting pictures, and writing songs and creating art, all in the name of Happiness. It still makes me smile.
I found out thru the year who I could rely on and who I couldn't, I experienced joy in the reconnection of an old friendships, I found joy in the connection with new friendships, I found joy just sitting at my bistro table watching the birds in my yard. Who knew?
I realized it wasn't about the big things in life, it was about the simple joys of living. It was about those every day moments like reading, singing, twirling in the yard, listening to music, digging in the earth and walking hand in hand with my better half. Sometimes it was even more simplistic than that. Sometimes, the joy was sitting in a lawn chair watching the clouds go by.
This year wasn't the Year about Me, as I so boldly tooted in January. This year was the Year in finding joy. And I did.
And as 2011 starts to wrap itself up, I am excited about what 2012 will bring. I have found that over the past year nothing is better than working together in harmony with others. It has been far more enriching than I ever expected.
And as 2012 creeps quietly upon me, I feel a creative journey ahead of me. And it makes my toes tingle, my heart flutter and my soul aching in anticipation.
And even if I head into 2012 with a pimple in my nose, a rash on my bum and pain in my neck, I can honestly say "so what", because this year really gave me what is important in life. It gave me YOU! And how lucky am I!
Happy Holidays my friends.
Thank you for your continued loyalty, support and friendship.
You all touch my heart.