Normally, given the opportunity, I stay at home on New Year’s Eve. I like to reflect and think about what has been, as well as what MIGHT be if I can get my act together in the coming months. I don’t mind being on my own and so it isn’t a sad evening for me. It is one of contemplation and a last minute chance to eat naughty food before the obligatory New Year diet kicks in 🙂
This year, however, I ended up being part of someone else’s plan. My cousin wanted company and I was happy to oblige. She’s going through some tough stuff right now and wanted someone to be part of her New Year pledge to herself to do better and be healthier and stronger and emotionally fitter. She wanted to literally draw a line in the sand and say “No more”. I could do with some of that myself so I happily agreed to be part of her night.
We went to the beach in Fremantle and drew an actual line in the sand, before stepping over it and wishing each other strength and love. Sometimes you have to make the big gestures to kick-start your healing and motivation. Plus, now we have photographic evidence so, y’know, we have to stick to our promises, right?
The evening was warm and balmy with a sea breeze that messed up our hair but not our plans 🙂
The ocean, for me, signifies so much, and so it was apt that we spent the last day of 2015 there, with our toes in the sand and the waves crashing around us. The tide is changing for us both, I hope.
My cousin and I have grown up together, grown older together and been through many ups and downs. We’ve both made mistakes, big and small, but we always support each other. I know I can trust her to always have my back and always believe in me. I hope she knows I will do the same for her. We know too much about one another to ever be enemies – it wouldn’t be safe ha ha.
So, with the sun setting on the old year, we heralded in the new one, with hope and love and good intentions, and with forgiveness for past mistakes.
I hope you had someone special to share New Year’s with, whether it be an old friend, a new love, your dog or your own good self. And I hope you got in some last minute naughty foods 🙂
Be kind to yourself in 2016 – be forgiving and let go of mistakes, bad decisions and questionable life choices. Every day is another chance to get things right and do better. All we can do is try x