this morning leslie, our spin instructor, said to us, I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm not sorry to see this year end . . . I'm ready to say goodbye to 2010.
and I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't feel the same way.
no matter what a year brings my way, it brings crucial experiences---both joyful and otherwise---that work to shape me.
how could I wish that away?
2010 brought many things my way: big dramatic events, subtle shifts, and everything in between. fantastic new highs, new lows, emerging skills, remembrances.
new peaks conquered, a sinking into self, acknowledgements of strengths and desires. redemption. acceptance. forgiveness. grief. loss. letting go. limits raised, boundaries stretched.
validation handed to me, skills honed, connections formed and bonds tightened.
how could I be grateful that this has ended?
the past twelve months are part of who I now am, and I would be a less interesting, fulfilled, complex person without them.
I've had easier years, I've had smoother years, I've had years filled with greater prosperity.
but I cannot say that I've had better years.
I don't know what 2011 will bring my way. but I'm certain that it will be filled with activities I love, people I care deeply for, solitude, togetherness, snow, rain, sleet, cycling, running, yoga, tests and challenges, self analysis, growth, and much more that I have yet to contemplate.
may we all be presented in the coming months with just enough challenge to keep us alert, enough love to wrap us in its warm embrace, a little intrigue to keep us guessing, enough prosperity to meet our needs, and plenty swooping to fill our hearts with joy.