“Happy New Year”.
Three little words that have appeared with alarming regularity in my social network feeds today. Many people have plans and have started partying already. If you are one of them, I hope you have a good night.
What of those though who haven’t had such a great year? Those who have lost someone they love, be it through a passing or the end of a relationship and can’t see a reason to celebrate?
I have been in this position and it can feel incredibly lonely and isolating watching (seemingly) the entire world celebrate and yet feeling separate from it yourself.
If it’s your first New Year without a special someone in your life be gentle with yourself. Do what feels right to you and don’t feel guilty about it. If you want to be alone don’t let anyone tell you that’s wrong. It can be the loneliest feeling in the world sometimes to be surrounded be people.
If someone special has passed this year, honour them by raising a glass and toasting their memory. Know they would want you to go on and be happy. To live your life to the fullest.
If you are lucky enough not to have had a loss this year be mindful of those who have. A quick phone call to let someone know they are being thought of can mean so much.
Unfortunately we don’t all get the opportunity to see 2013 but for those that do allow yourself to be loved, by others and, most most importantly yourself. Treasure those who are important to you and don’t put off saying what is in your heart until a “better” time. There might not be another time.
I wish each and everyone of you a Peaceful and Loving New Year.