Well, 2012 didn't show us the end of the world, but if you'll recall, last year I resolved to take my writing to the next level.
In a year full of so many highs and lows I have to say my book rides right at the top of everything. I have been talking about writing a book since I was in elementary school. I didn't exactly plan it. I have started hundreds over the years. The difference with "Wiener Brain" is that it was the right one; I kept coming back to add more. It didn't take long for me to figure out that it was "the one."
Of course, that shouldn't diminish the other great things that happened this year. I became an auntie once again when my niece Ruby was born. She lives entirely too far away, but it just makes the times I get to see her that much more precious. My dear friend returned from Afghanistan, safe and sound. My nephew turned 1, and has proceeded to amaze me with everything he does. I think the bond I share with all my closest friends strengthened this year, as well. Not only did I gain a niece, but also a brother, Justin.
A trip to Virginia, Wisconsin, a cabin in the woods, and a Springsteen show put 2012 down in the books as one of my most traveled years.
With the ups must come the downs. You can't have one without the other...otherwise how would you know you're happy? This year I saw two friends dealing with great loss. One lost a great man, and one lost a terrible man. Loss is loss, however; the jolt is the same whether it be a revered grandfather, or a philandering husband. You still have to adjust to their absence. You still have to learn a new way of living.
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend's grandfather. I knew him myself and he was the kind of person you love immediately upon meeting. I know she and her entire family have struggled tremendously since losing him and if I could take away their pain, I would do it in a heartbeat. After he passed, my mom made a comment about men named "George" being the best dads and grandpas. I couldn't agree with her more.
On the other hand, and in regards to another friend, I was happy to see the philandering husband exit the picture. I'm more than happy to support her as she adjusts; and she is more like herself than she has been since she married the jerk. I think she's grateful he's gone, too. I would imagine it's difficult to be so driven toward accomplishing your goals when you have such a worthless loser bringing you down all the time.
I believe, for my friends, that 2013 is going to be their year.
I look forward to seeing what '13 has to bring for me. While I didn't exactly achieve all my goals for 2012, I think I made great progress toward them. I think my main goal for next year would be to remember to stop and look around once in awhile. I feel as though the past 12 months flew by in a blur. I have to allow myself to breathe and focus on what is most important. Also, my writing; I hope to do much more of it. I hope to improve and expand my reach. Last year I wrote a book...who knows what I'll do this year.
Happy New Year to all my readers. Be safe but be sure to also have fun!