We’re only a few hours away from the new year and, to be honest with you, I’m quite not ready for this year to end. Two things I want to share with you:
Looking back at the goals I set at the end of last year, I still have a lot of unfulfilled goals and unticked items in my checklist. I also have a general feeling of regret. I know I could have done a lot better. I wish I could go back to the days when I wasn’t able to do my best and the days when I let my fears overcome me.
As we head into the new year, it’s not important to be ready. What’s more important is to have courage to move forward, to have hope in the promises of tomorrow, to have faith in God, in yourself, in your dreams, and in your ability to fulfill those dreams, and to have love that makes everything meaningful.
Then again, I made a lot of progress last year. The blog has changed (again). I added some art, drawings, illustrations, and doodles (or whatever you want to call my scribbles) to my writing. Somehow, I was able to find my voice in the blogosphere. I was also able to spend a lot of time with my family. This has been the year when I really felt I became closer with my family. I left my job in the corporate world and pursued my dream of becoming a writer. (Aside from my blog, I also write technology articles for a living.) I got engaged with the girl of my dreams. I attended a Bible study to know God more and how much He loves me (and all of us). My biggest blessings (and progress) this year are those that could not be measured.
Maybe my service in our community and my time for my friends took quite a hit this year, but I believe I learned my lesson well. There has to be a right balance between creating in isolation and being generous with your thoughts, ideas, and contributions and sharing them with others. That’s why in 2017, I’ll go out and meet people more. I’ll listen to their stories more and share my ideas not only on the blog, but also in person. After all, I am more than my blog.
As we leave this year behind, it’s important to look back with gratitude. Sure, there have been some frustrations, failures, and regrets. But, we leave them behind together with this year. Besides, the blessings we received far outweigh and outnumber them. We should also bring the lessons we learned with us as we face the new year.
Thank you for being part of my year. It has been a humbling, yet meaningful 2016. I’m looking forward to an even better 2017 with you. The best is yet to come.
Are you ready? Well, ready or not, here comes 2017!