Christmas is over and a new year is upon us. It’s a joyous time for most people, but it can be a tough time for others. I’m one of the latter, but I did manage find some good moments in between overthinking social situations and anxiety for the new year. I hope you did too.

Christmas went by (as) swiftly (as it could have been with my anxiety), with good people, a tasty nut roast and no kitten at the top of the Christmas tree, luckily. (Although one of my dogs, Koda, pooped himself in excitement when we were opening presents, but let’s not mention that to anyone). My grandmother was in especially good spirits which made the day itself a bit brighter as well.

And now it’s a new year. A new year brings hope to a lot of people. “New year, new me”, right? Clean slates. It’s a wonderful idea, really. I would love to have clean slates, start off completely fresh just by the light of some fireworks, but I know that’s not how things work, I don’t quite believe in it.

My past is always going to be with me, no matter what I try to do. I wouldn’t be me if it didn’t. What I do about that is up to me, though. As Domenico Cieri Estrada said: “Bring the past only if you’re going to build from it“. And when you build you make something new. So maybe I do believe in clean slates and blank papers a little after all. I hope you build something beautiful out of your past in 2020. Happy new year!

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