I started this year as a single 25-year-old, with a writing career which I myself had nipped in the bud due to destructive self-doubt. I had a job that I hated and was unhealthily overweight.
Aged 26 I am ending this year with the four-year-old relationship with my boyfriend back on track; two published short stories in the bag, giving me the confidence boost I needed. I became a blogger and am now practicing my writing every day and enjoying it immensely thus forgetting my office blues; I am 10 kg lighter – healthy weight achieved once again.
So, all in all, I think this was a good year, albeit war rages on in Syria; Egyptians are still fighting for their freedom; famine continues in Africa; and the economic crisis is still taking Europe by storm.
But me, here, on my little island, I look back and count my blessings, and try not to feel selfish while I do so. But I figure that since the only way I can change the world is by helping and caring for the circle of people around me, there is really no point in putting myself down about the problems of the whole planet. So, yes, I do count my blessings and I am thankful for each and every one.
Therefore today I ask you, dear reader, to look back and think of the great things that happened. 2012 is over and we made it through. The heartaches, the triumphs, the little successes, and the big ones – if any – are now a memory as we step into the budding New Year. Time will fly, life will rush by, and before we know it, and if God wills it, we will be sitting here again a year from now reminiscing about the year that has been and wondering about the year that will be. But do make one resolution; live each day; care each day; and be a friend every day. That is how we will survive 2013 triumphant.