Nothing quite says slow down, you’re about to crash like having your brakes go out on your car the day before the new year begins. I, someone who doesn’t necessarily believe in signs, can take one when it’s this clear. So I welcome 2017 with open arms and intentions to stop taking on more than I should because the last 12 months have left me mentally and physically exhausted.
Here’s a recap of 2016.
In the last 12 months, the kids and I watched someone we love get diagnosed and sadly pass away from lung cancer. Nothing puts life more into perspective than watching a vibrant 54-year-old fight for their life and then watch her take her last breath. A defining moment in our lives. We then moved, again, but into a more permanent place that feels more like home. Cavs won the NBA Finals in the most amazing way possible which may have been the highlight of the whole year. 3-1, what?! I started working more which meant more money but less time at home. On a whim and without any intentions of getting it, I auditioned for an acoustic trio and knew the minute I drove away that I landed the gig. A week later I got the call, got it! Another highlight of the year as my love for music has been reignited and real, genuine relationships have been formed. And lastly, I’ve managed to end 2016 with a big, painful bang as I just got diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia which is a nerve disorder and have been in daily pain for the last 3 months. It makes me think all 7,528 migraines that I had last year weren’t for nothing. It seems like it was all leading up to this which along with my brakes giving out, has slowed me down like nothing before.
I get it, Universe, I get it. Slow down.
It’s been the never-ending year but we’ve made a handful of very meaningful relationships and learned how to keep moving forward when moving forward didn’t seem very fun. We also learned that sometimes the doggies don’t always come first but their love and companionship never ever waver. I found myself rushing to take them on their walks or rushing them outside to go potty before we had to leave the house. Rushing to get the kids ready, only to rush them out the car door so I could get to work on time. Rushing to take a 20-minute nap, rushing to get to the bus on time, rushing to take a shower. Rushing, rushing, rushing.
So, yes, I get it.
Time to slow down. Unplug. Re-prioritize. Breath.
And take more hikes with my two favorite friends in the whole entire world.
May this year bring about personal growth, meaningful relationships, and that all the twists and turns that are bound to happen be greeted with kindness, self-awareness, and flexibility.
Happy 2017 everyone!