These pieces are predictable at the end of each year. Seems like every media outlet has some version of these retrospectives, these obits to the previous year.
I have always had challenges with goodbyes. Hence the title of my end of 2016 blog post – No Goodbyes. In my home we say, “See you soon.” It is a phrase of expectation, of something good to look forward to. “Goodbye” has such finality.
While I was on vacation, I focused on the simpliest things. I held those I love. I took longer dog walks. I read the inscriptions on the sidewalks. I looked skyward at night. I drank my coffee more slowly. I wore flip flops in the rain. I refused to say goodbye to 2016. I said hi to 2017 instead.
Uncomfortable to admit, but for as much introspection that I swim in, I hadn’t realized how very much I was in need of a break.