[Verb; ~ Pronunciation: /gawn/]
- Definition: Another year has come and gone and we now know what it had in store for us: both the good and all the bad tidings of 2016 are over. But how will we face the new year? Optimistic or with dread?
“Be yourself, fill your life with good people, and don’t get a big head. It can all be gone tomorrow”
– Molly Sims –
As I put on my pyjamas tonight only one thought kept repeating itself in my head: “When will this be over!?”
I came down with another case of the flu and I cannot wait for it to be gone! Away. Out of my body and my life.
Why I have to start each new year with this unwanted guest is a mystery to me, although, if you want to get all poetic and philosophical, I guess you could say it is a way to cleanse yourself from negativities of the previous year. In a way, I manage to start each new year with a fresh (albeit snotty) start.
“Gone” was today’s prompt and it couldn’t have been more accurate as many things have gone and left me as the year ended. For a starters, I lost some friends. Which is okay, because as we keep moving through life we keep finding people on our paths who will accompany us until we go in different directions.
Plus, losing friends was almost as funny as losing followers on WordPress: for every follower I lost I managed to gain at least two and for every friend I lost during 2016 I gained at least one.
My money is gone. I am definitely not happy about that, but I am happy about where it went and what it’ll help me become. I found some houses to clean, so I won’t be broke by definition, but it’ll take me a while to get back to where I was savings-wise.
But that should be a good lesson, too. One cannot understand the true value of money if there is too much of it. And as (a newly acquired) friend mentioned: you can’t take money with you when you die, so you might as well spend it on yourself. And if by doing so you get to improve yourself, then that’s a win-win situation.
I couldn’t agree more.
My goals have gone. I managed to accomplish most of them and even if that made me incredibly happy at the time, I find I am also a bit sad. They gave me a sense of being, something to work towards to, and a strange feeling of comfort as I no longer had to stress about things I’d always wanted to do: they were on my list and that meant I’d get them done.
But then I scribbled down seven new goals for 2017 (I came up with an eight one, but I forgot what it was) and felt better. A new year brings new adventures.
We cannot look into the future to see what will happen this year. We can only look back and see what has gone by. Learn lessons from the past and move on.
So after I put on my bright pink pyjamas I looked at the happy heart design and despite not being able to breathe through my nose, I couldn’t stifle a laugh. So what if I have the flu. That’ll be gone in a week, tops. There’s still 362 days left of 2017 and I am adamant to make the most of it!
I hope you are, too.
Happy New Year everyone! Let’s make this a good one :)