Yesterday, the ball dropped in Times Square on New Years' Eve, announcing the arrival of a new year and all the promise that it held. Today, the end of that new year is just around the corner, and it seems as though hardly any time has passed at all.
In retrospect, despite time having flown like a bird going South for the winter, this year was a good one. While the road from New Years' Eve 2016 to the week before Christmas 2017 has certainly been filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, and surprises, both good and bad, around every corner - it was a road worth traveling, full of lessons that were learned along the way.
Looking back, this year was full of lessons; one lesson being that some of life's greatest teachers had no intent of teaching at all. Here are some of the most meaningful things I picked up while travelling along this year's crazy, wonderful road:
1. It's okay to close the chapter. After all, there is so much left of the book still to be written and uncovered.
2. Don't look back - you're not going that way.
3. When you're at rock bottom, the only place to go is up.
4. Turn your face toward the sun, and shadows fall behind you.
5. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
As the year winds down and the road nears its end, there's a part of me that fears tomorrow, and what it could bring. However, there is a part of me that smiles at the unknown and all the possibilities that lay in wait at the road's end.
With the New Year lurking just around the corner, I plan to carry out a "Picture-A-Day" photo challenge throughout the extent of 2018, so stay tuned.