Victory Laps: What was your biggest accomplishment of 2013?
Blowing Out the Candles: You’re another year older! How did you celebrate the passage of another year? Did it turn out the way you had hoped? via Prompt for December 6 | Project Reverb. As it happens, I'm not another year older yet. I'm not rushing to be 49 a day before I officially get there. I've got a bottle of caramel whiskey which I found during a trip to Sudbury earlier this year. (My nephew, Zack, is attending university and living up there now). I'm going to enjoy a couple of shots of that and have a day of doing whatever comes along. As it turns out, my birthday is also the day a friend of Zack's is arriving here from the US. So I will have company at some point. If things were different.... I would have loved to take off on the VIA Rail train for at least a month. It would be lovely to travel again. I'd even stay at a couple of hotels rather than skimping on pennies and staying at hostels all the way. There is something nice about waking up alone in a hotel on nice, crisp sheets. The day feels so fresh and untouched when you are in a different place, physically and mentally.
20/20: Hindsight is the one thing we never benefit from in the present. Is there one moment you wish you could do over?
Brave: What was the bravest thing you did in 2013? via Prompt for December 3 | Project Reverb. I don't feel brave and mostly I seem to be letting things go and not doing as much as I really could if I weren't making excuses and procrastinating. But, even in the middle of a mess there are brave moments, days and weeks. I've felt brave when I faced things. Put a good face forward. I don't want to dredge up specifics. It was enough to have faced it all, done my best and gone forward enough that some things are now part of my past rather than hanging around looking like threats in my future. It is terrific when you face something hard and find out it wasn't as bad as all the build up you had given it.
Shine: What was the best moment of 2013? via Prompt for December 2 | Project Reverb. The best thing which came along in 2013 was my new nephew, Gavin. Congratulations to my sister, Grace and her husband, Gareth. As a moment, I was really happy the first time I held that new baby boy. The planet certainly has more human population than it can handle, but one new baby boy is still one new baby boy. A new person starting life in this world.