on new years eve


New Years in Hong Kong

Where you are, the ball may have already dropped. I know it has for my friends in Taiwan and Hong Kong. But maybe you live in Hawaii, or Alaska, or some other remote place — I don’t know where.

It’s 2015, no, 2016. Hip hip hooray! A new year. But somewhere in there, in between the shiny memories of my youth — when I held my breath and clung to each passing moment; counted eagerly, haltingly, “5… 4… 3…”; when lips were rosy and blushes, plenty — somewhere between innocence and the glaze of adulthood (I’ll be doing laundry tonight — what’s another year?), something got lost.

What happened to the magic? What happened to the nostalgia?

I won’t lie: 2015 has been a tough year. I won’t be sorry to see it go. Unlike many others, however, I don’t place all my hope in what lies ahead. I know that good will come in 2016, and that I am the master of my destiny, but there are things that are out of my control: no new year is all sunshine and roses.

And so I look forward to the new year resolutely. I will make the best of both the good and bad in 2016, and will always make the best decisions that I can. I promise to always be kind — even to myself. I won’t make resolutions I can’t keep but will continue living as I have, making the most of every day. I will learn from and cherish the past, but I won’t live for it; I’ll live for the future. And, most importantly, I will always follow my heart.

14 thoughts

  1. After an enjoyable New Year’s Eve of watching comedy show which Canadian political and social satire, I went to bed and fell asleep before the fireworks boomed off at midnight in our city.

  2. Great thoughts for the New Year Jessica. A beautiful way to bring in the New Year ~ great post and photo of my favorite city :-) Look forward to the time when we can meet up looking over HK harbour (as they spell it there). Cheers to dreams and to a great 2016 ~ make it yours.

    • Thanks, Randall. And I’m glad you like the picture! Hong Kong is definitely one of my favorite cities, too. I hope 2016 is off to a great start for you!

  3. Keep following your heart J. Somehow it always knows the best route. My warmest wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016 to you and yours.

  4. What a wonderfully philosophical post! It probably sums things up for most of us, not all good but wonder of wonders, not all bad either. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year both. It’s good to hear from you!

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