This is the night we revel in the year past and plan for the year ahead. If we don't down too much champagne, sometimes we even recall those resolutions. Sometimes, if the planets align and the willpower steels, we will actually follow through.
2008 was a year of the highs and the middling lows. Nothing spectacular happened, nothing disastrous happened. It was just a year.
The highs included my family, the front end of the year with my health, my accomplishments with flood coverage and not having breast cancer.
The latter half of the year was a bit of a mess.
The dating life died, the weight came back on, work stressed me to the max, my knee injury ended my daily workouts and I am again facing the possibility of cancer.
2009 will be better. I will be better.
Even if the tumor in my humerus is cancer, I will beat it. I am stubborn and strong, stronger than cancer.
I'll take the weight off again. I will win the Biggest Loser contest in my family and spend the kitty on fabulous new clothes or a long overdue weekend away.
I will make work work for me.
I am going to be more me in 2009. That will probably mean dating will end. I'm only half kidding. I put men off. I don't know if it's simply a case of I have bigger balls than they do or what. But they don't even bother approaching me. Oh well, there loss. (Now I will work on meaning that.)
Find more ways to spend time with Caelen. He is my heart. He rocks. I love him.
Those aren't really resolutions, those are actualities. My resolutions are much more mundane and less life altering - write more paper notes, get out of the state (even for just two days), keep my car cleaner, clean the house once a week (I think there is a theme), wear more color.
So here's to you and whatever your New Yous Resolutions are - may you stand strong against the past and forge ahead to an amazing 2009.
Yours in transition, Kate