In anticipation of a fab New Year
Country-hopping and drastic changes in circumstances during the past month has left little time, and even less desire, to write things down. A personal bummer really, when there is so much to be told. This mood has not changed but, before it becomes completely irrelevant, I wanted to share a bit of magic that I recently experienced, something that lit me up and made me feel super-pumped for the year ahead.
In the beginning of December I found myself in London – my all-time favourite city and feel-good destination of choice. It is no secret that London is unsurpassed when it comes to Christmas Lights & Decorations (at least for those subscribing to the European aesthetic) and this year was no exception.
Walking around the streets, immersing myself in the extravagant beauty of the decorations, was a unique emotional experience. It generated a dozen positive feelings but most of all it made me feel 100% present and appreciative of now. A feeling of pure happiness.
There is no need to elaborate further – the message is in the images.
In anticipation of the New Year now… I have no idea what it is going to bring. I hear so much complaining about 2016, so many people emphatically waving it good riddance but I beg to differ. Despite its rocky undertone, this year brought so much into my life that I almost hate to see it go.
I am grateful for the army of new, beautiful people I came to meet, the fantastic places I got to visit, the feelings that I experienced and the opportunity to come face to face with myself in a way that has not been possible before. Every aspect of my life was enriched and I grew in unexpected ways. I even love the bad things the year brought, because ultimately they led to more growth.
How can I not love 2016 and how can I not be anxious about 2017, having to fill such big shoes?
Phone rings. Predicted interruption, New Year’s eve afternoon drinks in Athens – a revered tradition. Can’t say no to that.
And now… several drinks later, confessional mode has gone south and available time likewise, but I will not have this post 100% compromised because of mere change in circumstances. That’s illustrative of how things are really: everything changes, from one second to the other, you really can’t take anything to the bank.
Having completely lost the initial thread, I just want to make a wish, that the New Year brings only good things to us all. Personally, I want it to let me continue on the path I have been carving, continue to be true to myself and others and pursue fulfillment the way I understand it.
A message to the people in my “circles”: We do not bite, we overcome all problems, we work towards being a better version of ourselves, we create our own future and we are responsible for our happiness (or otherwise). And what is worth standing the test of time will – the rest is b%llox.
What I’d really like to happen in 2017 is for everyone to stop being constipated, stop all the self-delusion and take things as they come, assess them at face value. I am confident this would lead to great comfort for everyone and I am Hopeful it will. Wine may be a determining factor of this being the bottom-line but so be it.
I am not sure I have said all I was meaning to say and, at the end of the day (and year!) it doesn’t even matter.
A Happy New Year and warm thoughts to all ❤