It’s a long standing tradition of mine that I write a letter of condemnation for the previous year and talk about how great I think the next year will be. Although 2012 had plenty of reasons for me to hate it, I’m going to take the non-cliche route and talk about how 2012 has blessed me (with some rants along the way).
For anyone who knows me personally knows this last year was the scariest yet. We almost lost a close family member and along the way almost ended up on the street and poor. Through a series of events that can only be chalked up to the Hand of God, what was the most disastrous year in our lives finished as a year of great healing and growth.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think I’ll ever look back fondly on 2012, but I don’t despise it. Instead, I see it as a great trial overcome by my family, and through the trials of helping my family I managed to become a much strong person.
Although it’ll probably be awhile before the wounds of 2012 heal, the lessons learned, the growth achieved, and the healing given will last a lifetime. When the ball hit, I cried uncontrollably. I couldn’t believe we had survived it. It was now over, and now we can move on to our future.
It’s really interesting how a change from one day to the next can signify so much to us. Realistically, there was no big difference between December 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013. Yet ever year millions of people around the world gather to celebrate the coming of a new year. Our look back on 2012 will depend greatly on the events that occurred during that year. Some will look back on it with tearful joy, others will mourn their losses for years to come. Regardless of how your 2012 went though, we can all agree the changing of the calendar signify an opportunity for a new beginning.
My resolutions for 2013 are pretty simple:
- Grow closer to God
- Pray more; both for my family and my country
- Take school more seriously
- Enjoy and be content
- Continue to grow
Thank you, God, for everything that you did for me in 2012, and everything you will do in 2013.