Ah, the jumble of January, a crazy mixed up month. Christmas holiday decorations come down leaving messy blank spaces in the wake. Complete chaos of needles and Santas and gifts that have yet to find their proper homes litter the landscape. Resolutions go up; gyms become full, lemons are bought by the bag full in detox determination. All this is a whole lot of action and hurry up. This is the New Year rush to get it all done and off to a great start.
Then in the mists of all this action, the peacefulness of reflection settles in; a look back at the year we’ve made it through. We remind ourselves of some of our greatest moments in our top 9 pictures of the year and/or our most liked pictures and/or collages of the year. We are in the calm before the storm; the quiet as the runners take their mark at the starting line; a collective holding of breaths waiting for the signal to go. Subtle fear creeps silently along; nerves on the coming year ahead.
Here, January finds us, bursting with energy to charge full on into 2016 and contemplative of 2015.
This year as my sons and nephews sat filling out their New Year’s Resolutions / 2015 Year in Review, our family New Year’s tradition from Thirty Handmade Days, the chaos of January’s mixed mindset was obvious as the four boys sat writing.
One boy stressed, that he couldn’t remember highlights from 2015; his drama filled angst led us to attempt to “walk” through memories of the year month by month. Thank goodness of pictures because this was an incredibly daunting task. Trying to convince the children that few of us remember every single detail of the year before was also daunting.
One boy insisted that he had no goals at all for 2016 – nothing to grow on or get better at, no dream to strive towards. We adults found this hard to believe for an eight year old.
One boy was overjoyed thinking of all the things he could do in 2016; stellar goals like beating his father in basketball and just having more fun to name just two.
One boy refused to define himself claiming he had no favorites in anything, be it a favorite food, activity, or book.
And, one boy’s year in review and look ahead, were clearly centered in the short-term on both sides of the New Year; defined by the beginning of December and the end of January, short, sweet, and simple. His favorite highlight from 2015 was: the holidays.
As different as the four boys reactions to our yearly activity were this annum to each other, I found myself sympathizing with all of them. As my dining room table is now covered with the decoration of Christmas past and my to do list is covered with January’s future, I am even more sympathetic. Ah, January what a crazy jumble of mixed up emotions you are, affecting both adults and children alike. Now, after all that reflection and sympathizing, please know, January, I am coming for ya – I’ve got my goals set and my action plans in place, to quote Katy Perry, I’m coming for you “like a dark horse.”