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Another New Year’s Eve, or to quote Dan Fogelberg, “Another Auld Lang Syne” (which basically translates to “for old times’ sake”), and it’s time for a retrospective.  Most years we are glad to see the old year go, and we look forward to the new one in anticipation and hope that things will be better or at least better than they were in the current year.

We usually look back at the pros and cons, weighing the good and the bad, trying to gauge if this year was a good year or a bad year.  I always thought that was a little silly.  Life (and the year) is what you make of it.  We’ve had some years that weren’t so hot, but then so has everyone else.  That’s life.  Life is full of challenges and its ups and downs.  Something I read years ago stuck with me.  It’s not supposed to be perfect here on Earth.  This isn’t Heaven.

That being said, 2013 wasn’t a “bad” year.  Other than the usual struggling to get by (and who isn’t?), there was only one incident that I wouldn’t care to repeat.  My older son lost his job through a layoff, but then he didn’t care for the job all that much and every experience is a learning experience.  Now he knows better what to look for in a job.

The good outweighs the bad this year.  I paid off my car in June, and that’s an extra $400 each month.  I finished my degree in December, and that’s a wonderful feeling to end the year on.  2013 also brought me blogging.  I started blogging in 2012, but I didn’t join WordPress until May, 2013.  Before that I blogged into the vacuum that was Blogger and never received any feedback one way or another (other than from really close friends or family) as to whether or not anyone liked what I wrote.  Since joining WP, I have found friends and a purpose.

I write because I enjoy it.  It’s not always profound or funny, and I try not to be controversial (I’ll leave that to hubby and his political blogging).  I don’t like arguing with people.  I’m non-confrontational, and I run away rather than fight.  If I logged in every day to argue with people, I’d be a wreck.  I try to share bits and pieces of my life – photographs, musings, poems or rhymes.  I also enjoy the interaction with my fellow bloggers.  You make me smile, laugh, sigh, think and sometimes cry.  I share what I think is cute, interesting, funny or beautiful, and I look for the same from others.  It’s nothing more profound than that, but it’s a big part of my daily routine.

You are a large part of the “good” that 2013 brought me – this online community of wonderful people that I share some common interests with. Happy New Year, everyone, and thank you for being part of my life and daily routine.

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