The exploding fireworks became a fizzle, the lights went out, the merriment died and 2013 entered our lives whether we were prepared for her or not.
She started off as an angry foe and brought pain, sickness and news of deaths to many of us just days and weeks into her life. It seemed every friend I spoke with had their own share of pain, and considered 2013 as the enemy, the unwanted guest. I think most of us feared her as it seemed she was not going to be a good year.
As she made herself comfortable into my life I began to get accustomed to her ways and I braced myself for all she would deliver. She showed her true colours early, coming in like a lioness going after her prey, trying to intimidate me with her ferocious roar. I was ready for her though and decided that I would not shiver and cower in fear, but would face her head on and fight. I decided I would stay sane, be prepared for the unexpected and show some true grit. 2013 was not going to conquer. I would not give her that satisfaction.
So as the months went by I found myself embracing her as she appeared to mellow. Maybe it was because I got to know her, and realized that life goes on, whether good or bad is thrown our way. I realized that we can’t give in, but must continue to live life to its fullest and count our blessing, because no matter how bad things appear to be in our lives, there is someone out there who has a heavier load to carry. There is someone out there whose burden we can help to lighten. I discovered that helping another takes our minds away from our own problems, and while blessing another we too can find blessings.
2013 is ending just as she began. The ice storm of the past week caused havoc and disruption in many of our lives. Now she’s preparing to leave and in less than two hours she will be gone never to return, and I will never have to face her again. I may even miss her, but I am not one to mourn a loss but, instead to count my blessings and give thanks in everything.
Maybe 2013 was not the year I hoped she would be, but as her end draws near I still want to thank her for the blessings showered on me, and for the happiness and love that friends new and old brought into my life. I want to thank 2013 for the contacts made that were instrumental in helping me accomplish some goals and the successes that I achieved during her reign.
2013 made me think, taught me many lessons and helped me to grow at a more rapid rate than I have ever done before. If the actions and activities of these last days of 2013 are any indication of what’s to come, I won’t fear the next year because I am having the time of my life.
My dear readers, what kind of year was 2013 to you?