Non-reflections on the New Year

As I begin to write, Pandora is playing “In My Life” by the Beatles. Wow! There’s a New Year’s theme song!  Well, maybe more an end of the year song…..

There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I’ve loved them all

(Did you read that out loud, to the melody? Go ahead, no one is listening!)

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Sunset at Port Gamble cemetery January 5th, taken with my iToucn

It seems a ‘blog’ writer should begin the New Year with reflective thoughts…. perhaps (if available), a bit of wisdom, witticism, or wintry observations.  But even the Beatles aren’t inspiring me to be very reflective. Nature is certainly offering new beginnings…. there are snowdrops poking up and Rhody buds swelling, but “new beginnings” has not been a theme for me this year, I started the New Year just relieved the last one was over. Try as I might to move forward, I’m still in recovery mode.

I tried on the ‘new beginnings’ theme, but mom taking a step deeper into the world of Alzheimer’s, friends struggling with serious health challenges, some starting the new year losing loved ones, doesn’t contribute to the feeling that anything is ‘new’, except the number at the top of the calendar. Feels like a bit of the same-old-same-old.

Actually I’ve been pondering how arbitrary the whole new-year thing is, in fact the whole calendar thing. This year the Chinese celebrate the New Year January 31, the Hindu New Year begins March 31.  I suggest if your year did not start out with a flash of inspiration and fired up will power for those good habits other blogs are touting, you can try again January 31, and as they say, if at first you don’t succeed, try try again….so there’s always March 31! With a little research it is likely we could find different cultures celebrating the New Year throughout the year!  That takes all the pressure off having ANY set date to make positive changes and begin anew. Whew!

I give you, and myself, permission to set any date you choose to be your ‘new year’!  And if the date you set doesn’t work out, set another! Think of the possibilities, every day could potentially be a new beginning!

Wishing you a Happy New Year on whatever date you choose! And if new beginnings don’t happen for you this year……well, there’s always next January!

(My bias is the New Year, in the northern hemisphere, should be celebrated on the Spring equinox, when Nature is really geared up for new beginnings and can offer the energy of rebirth to inspire our own good intentions and positive aspirations. There is some support for this, both the vernal equinox and winter solstice have been celebrated as the beginning of the new year in the past. Here’s a reference: New Years beginnings.)

Something fresh about a blue sky in January