Last week, I asked Alastair what “Auld Lang Syne” meant. The kids call him Wikipedia; you can ask him a question about almost anything, and he knows it. Anyway, I thought it was German, but it turns out, it’s old Scots. Most literally, according to the actual Wikipedia, it means “old long since,” but a more accurate and fluid translation is “days gone by.”
2012 had a lot of days in it (well, about the standard amount) and not all of them were good. My year was pretty good, with the exception of Lyle’s death and some very hairy financial times in the early months. I wasn’t here that much, especially in the later months, because my energy went to kids and dogs and Alastair and Jen and Krissie, and the work, and there wasn’t much left when all that energy was spent. As a matter of fact, I spent much of December just snuggled under a blanket and knitting, trying to replenish my stores for the year to come. I’m looking forward to being here more often in 2013 (that’s the plan, anyway) and spending more time ReFabbing myself this year, instead of using all my energy making it from one moment to the next.
So it’s Auld Lang Syne time now. 2012 is days gone by, remembered both fondly and not-so-fondly, and the year ahead is full of new adventures. My wish for all of us is that our lives are more of what we want this year, and less of what we don’t want. That sounds very simple, but it is really what fresh starts are all about. Pursue what you want, be active in that pursuit, and don’t be afraid to change things that aren’t working. We’ll be here cheering you on, as you have cheered us through this year.
Thank you, and here’s to that fresh start! Happy New Year, everyone!