Like many people, I get really nostalgic as a new year approaches. In the weeks prior, I analyze the memories made in the year past and think about the impending calendar switch.
I try to think of things I want to accomplish in the new year and try to finish out the old year on a high note. This usually looks like catching up with friends, organizing the things I have accumulated in the past 365 days and working hard to forget my stupid moments.
For me, 2016 was a crazy roller-coaster ride. I have experienced the highs of getting my first “big kid” job and enjoyed many laughs with friends and family, going on road trips and hanging out. 2016 was also filled with many lows, including losing loved ones and saying some tough goodbyes.
This past year has also taught me a lot, giving me opportunities to display my strengths and show me the areas I need to work on. I have made a fool of myself more times than I am proud to admit, but each time, I pick myself back up and aim to do better the next time.
The beauty of a new year is that no matter how great or how bad the past year has been to you, January 1 always rolls around to bring a fresh start. For many people, this looks like resolutions of weight loss, eating healthier and the list goes on and on. I personally have never been a fan of resolutions like these, but I do think that it is important to learn from the past and try to do better in the future.
Each New Year’s we hear “Auld Lang Syne” sung as we bid farewell to the old and bring in the new. The song itself roughly translates to “long, long ago” or “days gone by” and seemingly fits perfectly. The past is packed full of memories to cherish, but it is not intended to haunt us. As the song goes on to say “we’ll take a right good-will draught for auld lang syne.” That seems to me as good of advice as any.
As 2017 starts rolling, here’s hoping that I can keep the stupid moments to a minimum and that this year’s roller-coaster ride will be more boring than the last.
Jenessa Freidhof covers news and writes features in north- and west-central Wisconsin. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.