As the year end is nigh and the things-to-do list looks alarmingly long, I must digress and admit partial failure. Or do I?
Who would’ve thought that my year turn out busier than one had planned?
Thankfully, there’s been enough on the memory plate to write another ‘end-of-year’ post. Can I redeem myself?
As the Christmas carols play in store, you wonder at where all your money has gone to? Where did that annual salary go? What on earth have I been purchasing? What savings have I made?
Thankfully, being busy and less social actually is somewhat of a relief on my crying wallet. Hopefully, these savings will be put to a much more exciting year next year.
As the Australian heat begins to swell, your New Year’s health kick resolution starts to loom large and so does the excess over-your-bikini body. Can you reach your goal weight by your Christmas Eve deadline before it balloons out with every brandy pudding slice you take in?
Thankfully, I have not let completely loose and forgotten the resolution even if I haven’t reached my unrealistic dream goal of 60s supermodel waif.
As the great Annuals on everything from cafes, bars, to politics and entertainment tributes come out, you question whether you’ve ventured out of your waterhole enough? Have I seen more of what Sydney has to offer? Have I done and experience more than what I have the previously year?
Thankfully, I can say this hasn’t been done too poorly with Foursquare lists being ticked off left, right and centre and new delights gorged on.
As the workplace Christmas stories start to churn as new Monday gossip, one has to ponder over their career path for the year? Have goals been met? Is satisfaction in the workplace a real goal? Is your LinkedIn account looking more like a template for Gen Y life?
Thankfully, I’ve never been in a better place and more satisfied place now – despite the bumpy and interestingly poor days of the past year.
As friends and family gather around pubs and dinner tables, respectively (or not), you quickly flashback on the year of bonds and connections. Did you reach out to those you said you would? Did you ever keep to your commitment of regularly visiting mother as you had originally planned?
Thankfully, no bonds have really been severed. Surely, some paths have slowly diverged down their natural paths and mother could have been visited more frequently but all in all a loving and fruitful year in friendship and fun had been had.
As couples begin to nestle up under imaginary mistletoe and fretting over the perfect gift, you wonder whether you’ve done your heart and soul right? Did you skip over opportunities that could have brought you more? What ‘sliding doors’ moment would you replay and fix?
Thankfully, nothing has burnt my heart too badly and I can’t say I didn’t give the open door a chance. Thankfully, my emotional centre is still as healthy and hopeful as it could be.
As the plans and alcohol is slowly accumulating to count down the final hours and minutes of this year, you ask yourself are you glad 2012 will be over? Or was this the best year ever? Will you be glad to see the back of this year and so fondly, greet the face of next year?
Thankfully, it is almost over. I am thankful for the year its been and the interesting hurdles I’ve had to manoeuvre. And yet hopefully though, I will want next year to be just as an exciting, if not a greater and more eventful. In fact, I know it will be amazing.
All the best to you all in the silly season and warm wishes for the incoming year as I sit here and sip on my Christmas Tea.
The Socially Au Contraire.