It is that time of year again. Outside they are firing off fireworks, my parents are doing little bits and bobs before the Queen’s New Year’s speech (the Danish queen that is), and I am here, astounded that 2017 is over already.
Throughout this year, there has been a definite theme that has seeped into everything: “Letting go”. It was something I used to see as a synonym for ‘Giving up’, but I feel a clear distinction between those two phrases now: ‘Giving up’ is the choice to no longer try, whereas letting go is the choice to change your focus (in my personal view anyway).
And throughout 2017, I have learned that sometimes it is best to let go of things that are no longer good or productive for you.
It feels like that’s what I have been trying to work on all year: To figure out which things are no longer good for me and what I can and need to let go off.
Knowing that it is best to let go of something, someone or somewhere, doesn’t make the process any easier though. Every time it has been a long period of reflection, trying to make the decision, then hurt and the adjustment period. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about letting go (other than how it is necessary sometimes), it is that it does not make you weak. Letting go of things in your life, that once meant a lot to you, and things that still mean a lot, is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of strength, and bravery, and the willingness to face heartache in order to become happier somewhere down the line. There is no weakness in that. But there is a lot of pain.
So it’s been painful. A somewhat good year in many ways, but a very painful one.
I just hope that 2018 is a year with more creation, more adventures and more joy overall, for all of us.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Stay safe, and please keep your pets safe from all the madness out there.
I will be back tomorrow to talk a bit about new beginnings and resolutions and the plan for this blog.
I hope to see you then.