I’ve always had contradicting feelings when it comes to the New Year. Sometimes I feel really cynical about the New Year because I feel the holiday gets too much hype. People say “this will be my year” as if the clock turning to midnight this night will be different than any other night. Why do we need a holiday to make a change in our lives? It all just seems a little too cliche for me at times.
But sometimes I think maybe there is something special about the New Year that makes it easier to make a change. Maybe it is easier to change something in your life if you know the whole world will wake up the next morning and do the same.
Either way, the New Year is a time for reflecting on the past year, and this past year has been a big one for me.
~ I found that my passion lies in history and sociology
~ I said goodbye to my friends and professors after two amazing years at university
~ I worked one last summer in my home town and after five years working at the public library I said goodbye to my colleagues who have become my friends
~ I spent the summer blogging, taking pictures, and drinking tea lattes
~ I went on my annual August long road trip with my best friend
~ I made jam for the first time with my mother
~ I moved to the city into my first apartment, with a stranger for a roommate I might add, and we’ve become great friends
~ I started at a new university where I transferred into a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in early childhood. Even though that meant saying goodbye to a lot of people I loved and to put a hold on my formal studies of history and sociology
~ I survived my first practicum of teaching grade 2’s for five weeks (and by survived I mean had the most amazing experience of my life and became way too emotionally attached to my class of 7 year olds)
~ I had my first Christmas away from my family because I spent the holidays on an unforgettable adventure in Europe with my cousin
When it comes down to it, there is something magical about the New Year. It’s a time for reflection and new beginnings. So here’s to a new beginning for us all, bring it 2014!
I think this picture sums up my year: sweet tea, taking pictures with my best friend, and my not so photogenic face! x.