I’m sitting here this morning drinking my tea in the silence before the girls wake up, and I can’t believe it’s already New Year’s Eve. Twelve hours from now, I’ll be hiding in my bedroom with Jodi Piccoult while twenty teenage girls sit here in this kitchen eating ice cream sundaes and talking about boys. When did my baby get so old? How did time go by so quickly? Rebecca is already a sophomore in college, but it feels like she graduated yesterday and was just born the day before that. Time marches on so fast, we hardly have a chance to take it all in.
This morning, I watched the year in review on the news, and I was amazed to think that all of those things happened this past year. From three missing airliners to the rise of ISIS to the loss of the great Lauren Bacall and Mickey Rooney. Less than a year ago, we were talking about polar vortexes, and this past summer, we witnessed a string of devastating tornadoes and wildfires. Yet here we are; life zooms by, and we hardly notice. We lose loved ones, and we go on; we see beheadings and mass kidnappings, yet we procreate and celebrate the joys in life. People are an amazing creation – resilient and motivated despite all that we face and witness in life.
Tomorrow starts a new year, a year that will see more heartbreak but also more joy. We will say goodbye to some and welcome others to our families and to our world. We will discover new hopes, aspire to new heights, and reach for higher stars all with the knowledge that anything is possible in spite of the hard times and tears. May you all remember those who have fallen, pray for those who protect us, forge new paths, and dream bigger dreams. May you look back a year from now and wonder “How did I do all of that?” and know that there is still time to do more. And amidst all of the chaos, may you find time to just be. May you make 2015 the best year yet, knowing that it is only through pain that we know true joy and remembering that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Happy New Year!
Amy Schisler is an author of mystery and suspense novels. Her first book, A Place to Call Home may be purchased in stores, online, and through ibooks. Her previously published children’s book, Crabbing With Granddad may be purchased in stores and on Amazon. http://amyschislerauthor.com/amyschislerauthor.com/Books.html