The countdown has begun. Only hours remain before we say goodbye to the current year, and mark another decade’s passing. Every year presents us with highs and lows that sometimes create more screams than the newest roller-coaster ride. The universe packages other years with enough melodrama, theatrics, hysterical tears, and lusty infatuations that even telenovelas seem positively boring.
I am overcome with excitement and anticipation of a clean slate. 2020 holds promise, potential, and bright shiny possibilities, with an equal guarantee of hard work, difficult decisions, and unexpected obstacles. I listen to the words of the Dalai Lama, when he says, “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.”
With optimism, we can navigate barriers, trust ourselves to make sound selections, and realize there is a reward for perseverance. Hope and strength are its allies. Pessimism is shrouded with doubt, fear, and gloomy desperation. They evaporate when you turn toward the sun and insist on placing one foot in front of the other. Those around you can’t help but catch your enthusiasm.
I raise my glass, thank 2019 for the lessons it taught me, and meet 2020, face to face, with a smile. I wish you a year loaded with inspiration, achievements, health, and happiness.
How will you greet the New Year?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer