This is a time for recapping, a time to remember this year’s events. There is no need to keep a journal – unless you prefer to reread whatever happened. I like reading in general. I like writing in general. I, for one, do not like writing a diary. I prefer to just remember the good and the bad. Yes, this is important: Do never forget to remember the good things. It is human to rather remember the bad things. They are more dominant. You remember more clearly if someone was rude than if someone was really kind. Why do we always want to analyze the bad – never analyze the good things that happen?
What is the point? Recap – and move on. Or – if you prefer a more lyric approach ‘Cast a cold Eye on Life, on Death. Horseman, pass by!’ (W.B. Yeats: http://www.poetsgraves.co.uk/yeats.htm)
I am not talking about forgetting – rather about closure. Something bad is not exclusively bad, there may always be something good. I lost my father in April. It was hard for all of us. It was certainly a relief for him – as he abhorred immobility. He certainly loathed being pitied. We miss him. And we remember his mobility, his striving for knowledge, his spirit of adventure. Even if you know that something is going to happen there will be grief. My father will never be forgotten.
What else happened this year (on a personal level; a global level would lead too far…): We spent a wonderful time in London, in Dublin; my daughter passed an important exam; wonderful friends proved to be the best friends you can imagine; and there were also many minor things happening throughout the year.
Now it is time to move on, to check out what 2013 has in store.