We all say it, “Next year’s gonna be…” The adjective placed at the end of the sentence depends on the person speaking. For some, saying goodbye to the close of a year approaches too fast. For others, the start of the New Year can’t come soon enough. The closer we are to December 31, the more reminiscent we become. Reflecting on all that has happened to us, to those around us, and within the world is heart-warming and disheartening. New Year’s Eve is the totality of the previous 364 days. It’s the time when goals get reassessed. Intentions for fresh starts are declared.
The previous year gets judged as good or bad based on significant life events. We take inventory of our lives, tallying our wins and losses—two points for happiness, one for despair. Dreams of better days enter our minds, or we’re challenged with how to exceed what’s ending. We tell ourselves what next year will entail. Excitement or dread gets placed on the mantle before us. Next year will be what we make of it. Issues we are unable to control will unfold. Glimmers of hope will shine through darkened days. Tears of joy and despair will roll down our cheeks. Moments of the past will remain in our memories, and we will face the decision of how to proceed into the New Year.
When you ponder the coming year, what do you tell yourself? Will next year be better? Will you be more satisfied? What about what you can’t control? Resolutions and goals come and go, and so do challenges and blessings. Carry forth only what you need. Leave room in your arms for what is to come. Next Year’s gonna be…what you make of it. May you make it a joyous one!
In case you need a little inspiration, here’s a song to ring in the New Year https://genius.com/Macklemore-next-year-lyrics.