I didn’t start out this year thinking I wanted to write a Happy New Year post. Who cares about a new year? Yes, we’re told we should and some of us feel guilty if we miss any of the celebrations at midnight. But to me, every day is cause for celebration! It was not always so. I have had some dark periods in my life, but those are what have made me appreciate what I have now more than I ever would have. We must learn to accept, and even embrace, the pleasures as well as the pain that life may bring. I am sure this new year will be just as eventful as last. Just as emotional. Just as mundane. Some of us may welcome a new family member, some may lose a friend. One of you might win the lottery, some of you might lose a job. Some might retire, some might get hired for the first time.
In 2008, I suffered an emotional meltdown, the specifics of which are not important. This morning I told my wife that I loved her.
So to all of you still reading, I wish you not a happy new year, but a year full of life, of living, of love, and laughter and the pain that makes everything more dear.