Remaining optimistic for New Year
In the words of the Simani’s “The Mummer’s Song,” “Please God, we will see you next year.”
No matter if it was mostly good or mostly bad, 2014 is over and now it’s time to look forward to 2015. It’s a new day, a new dawn, a new beginning and a new chance to fix the things that you might have done wrong the year before — well, that’s how I look at it anyway. The glass half full and all.
We are so lucky to have this chance to start afresh. As with most of us, we may have lost loved ones last year. I’m sure they would want us to continue and live our life to the fullest, enjoy and appreciate each and every day. We will miss them. No doubt about that, but we will fondly remember them too just as much.
We will look back and think of each celebration we shared with them. What they said, what they did to make you laugh or put a smile on your face. It surely won’t be the same as having them there in person with you, but they will be there in spirit. They will be there with you when you least expect it. You might be having a rough day and a song will come on that will instantly remind you of them. You could be having a great day and maybe accomplish something that you never thought possible. Just look up and say a little thank you and tell them that you know they are with you.
It’s all easier said than done I know, but as the old but oh so true saying goes, time does heal, eventually and slowly. A piece of your heart might die, but as humans, that piece can grow back and regenerate. That feeling of loss will never leave you, but getting up each day and taking one day at a time does work.
My cousin, who is also like another sister, said it best after she lost her dear father; “Enjoy your family my friends. And remember every moment. Take it all in!”
We are so lucky to have this chance to start afresh.
— Celeste Delaney-Loughrey writes from Afax, Ont.