And here we are, one day left to 2011, and a brand new year about to start.
Hoping you all had a great Christmas, or what have you (holiday), we have the next major one about to hit.
And it is the time of reflection, coupled with the determination to move on, up and forward all at the same time. Life takes a toll on even the best of us. No matter how positive, sweet, or wonderful moments have been in the year, it feels like we stand before a marker, and like a runner, we gauge our progress in life. Sometimes we amaze ourselves at the distance we covered. Sometimes, we see the starting line right behind us, and feel unaccomplished.
In daily routines, we oft find ourselves near empty and on autopilot just to get through some rougher spots. We get lax on proper eating, or maybe sleep, even our relationships may suffer along the way. We find hours that drag, days that seem endless, months painfully long.
In many moments in a year, we have joy, happiness and fond memories. Of friends, family and lovers. We grew as people in everything we do. And those that see the lessons, are the ones who move forward in the game of the universe. It is in the dwindling hours of such passages of time that we begin to take stock on the travel we have done. It is but in these moments we see most clarity and the raw emotions that it brings. The closing of a year is nostalgic for even those things we generally tend to forget or brush aside.
2011 was a full year. For the billions of our brothers and sisters, there were heart aches, tragedies, trauma, and suffering. Violent weather placed upon the lands saw the might of nature in throes of it’s own struggles. Protests, wars, conflicts, battles.
We have had courage, love, honour and miracle stories. We have laughed, cried, and sampled all emotions. Some lives ended and many new lives were started.
When we look back on our own personal year, let us not focus on the negative, but rather, take the goals and battles lost as fuel to make 2012 positive. Lessons are learned in all things we do, say and feel. The interactions we have with each other. Look to your heart, to your soul, and find the fire that will guide you into the next chapter of your life. Dream dreams that bring you peace and share all the good that you have. May you know the touch of a hand of a loved one on your face. The look of love in the eyes of a life partner. Of encouraging words to a youngster. The wisdom of the elderly. Look to finding the special thing that only you have to share. And join in the celebrations of all humanity.
May you embrace the beginning of a new year with smiles and fun. Be safe and smart, and dance like you never danced before. Celebrate the times that you will write upon the blank pages that lay before you in the story of your life. And hold onto the pages written even in the worst moments, as they will reveal secrets about the person you were, and the person you are meant to be.
My wish for all of us is a simple, grand one. Cast aside the prejudices and stand up for justice and peace. May we all have the chance to dance as we like, to sing as off-key and loud as we can. May you be proud of the amazing creature you are, and of those loved ones around you, even of the accomplishments of those you do not know. Take time to live life out loud, and be a voice that others can follow, and follow those that shine a light, not those that would inflict darkness and cruelty.
No matter who you are, where you live, what colour of your eyes, hair or skin. No matter the religion and faith, you must believe. No matter what box you check for your age. No matter your gender, or sexuality, be the best you can be. Foster love in the world, not hate, and find the strength to overcome those that would threaten to darken the light of life.
As a year draws to an end, and a new one about to begin, take a moment to pass goodness on to those around you. We all suffer, but through the pain, we can be strong and rise above this mortal coil to achieve something great. And let 2012 be the year we set the goal. Learn to say NO when you need to and YES when you can.
My wish for you all is to have a fabulous, safe New Years, full of love and peace. Party on. Be proud. And in the words of the grand diva herself, RuPaul, “don’t f*@# it up!”
New Year’s Eve, 2011, a day before the start of the brand new 2012.
Happy New Year, one and all. And thank you for taking time to share of your time with me. Much love and appreciation.