The beginning of a new year tends to bring about a certain nostalgia that I don’t always welcome. Another year – gone – just like that. Kids are getting older – let’s face it, we are all getting older. It’s not increased age that bothers me, but when faced with such an obvious account of time passing by, I can’t help but reflect on the past and attempt to calculate the future. It can sometimes lead me astray from my consistent desire to stay focused on the present.
A life abroad makes that all-the-more challenging because we are clearly in a transient point in our life at the moment. However, if you flip that around, our lack-of-permanence is what brings wonder, ambition and hope to the year(s) ahead of us.
If you put together a levelheaded planner and a sometimes-senseless dreamer, you have the recipe for a whole mess of future-creating strategy going on. I’m not talking big, grandiose, adventurous plans (although, those do come into play from time to time), but just your everyday, ambition-driven, picket fence imaginings of the life that is best for our family. As often is the case with couples, we bring out the best in each other; for neither of us fall into the ‘practical’ or ‘dreamer’ categories at extreme levels. Despite his reliable, often down-to-earth nature, he dreams big. It is often his visions and aspirations that inspire my own. Likewise, motherhood sometimes clouds my dreamy disposition and I find my feet more firmly on solid ground these days. Similarly, going back to school has made me somewhat sensible – perhaps I dare say, more responsible lately. I am a big believer of taking risks, but there are circumstances in which the potential fall is too great. Even I can see that.
Before family or friends begin getting any ideas, we fully plan to spend this next year in Copenhagen. We are looking forward to it and already filling our calendars with activities and yes, travel plans. I think the point is, we don’t know what lies ahead of us, yet we all undeniably try to forecast it, plan for it. The dreamer in me loves to wistfully daydream about all the possibilities that lie in front of us. Yet, I’m not in search of a specific goal or resolution. I am excited to continue down this road and to be where we are today, right now.
Life is a journey, not a destination” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Part of our path this year involved a young, lover of words and stories, who just learned to read; An ever-so-patient little listener who loves to have stories read to her; Two creative spirits who adore anything having to do with scissors, paper and glue; Family trips to castles and ancient villages; Celebrations enjoyed with new friends; Visits from family and friends who mean the world to us. These are the things that resonate.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin” – Mother Theresa
Happy New Year!