How exciting it is that this missive has arrived in your inbox on the last day of the year!
It's mid-December as I'm writing this. School will be out for the winter break tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to spending time with little D and my partner KrA, taking a break from work and taking the time to rest and recharge.
As I think about the new year, the excitement of the holidays leading up to it, the promise of a new year coupled with all those warnings about how New Year's resolutions are doomed to fail, something from many years past has been coming to mind.
Almost twenty years ago, KrA gifted me an iPod shuffle, pre-loaded with many of my favourite songs. I remember being thrilled at first to have such easy access to my favourite music.
But the initial excitement quickly gave way to dismay as I realized that I wasn't in control of which song would play next.
"It's so random!" I moaned.
"But that's the point," dear wise KrA replied.
Standing on the precipice of a new year, I can't help but think of my very first iPod shuffle as an analogy to life.
We don't know what's going to come next, we have no control over what's going to happen next. Who knows what 2024 will bring? Who knows what even tomorrow will bring?
But ... that's kinda the point, isn't it?