The year is finally drawing to a close, and many of us will be casting our eyes and minds back over 2013 to see what was good, what was not so good, what we wish to change for the coming year, what we wish we could have changed over the last twelve months. After all, next year has to be better than this year, hasn’t it? That’s what we all want and, if we had our way, that’s exactly what would happen.
But what exactly can be better than this year past? What is it about the previous year that we regret, that we would change? For me, and perhaps many others, very little needs to be changed. I have lived another year in a foreign country, worked and played hard, enjoyed myself and, in a small way, managed to help other people too. I have interacted with countless others, through this web blog and in real life, learned from my own experiences and those of others. I, the same as many others, have changed personally, hopefully improving myself. Not that I have a standard to measure myself against.
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Regrets? Of course there are many things I would do differently, looking back now, many events which didn’t go quite as planned but, thankfully, caused no harm. How can I regret something which has happened when, in most cases, I am the person who caused whatever it was? My own free will, my own decisions with a certain amount of influence from others but, in the end, my choices.
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This should sum up most people’s year: no regrets for what they have done – within reason – but only a chance seen now, as the new year looms, to do all those things which they have the chance to do. That will be my motto for the new year: do it! And perhaps it will all work out, perhaps it will fade and dissolve in tears but, at the end of 2014, I want to be able to say: I did my best, and I enjoyed doing it.
Success is relative to what you expect, what other people force you to expect. Happiness is the best success we can ever hope for, and that is what I will be striving for over the coming twelve months and beyond.
Thank you all for being with me for the last twelve months, for making my endeavors here a success and for the many words of wisdom, advice and assistance I have been given. May your new year be just as successful as you need, as you desire. May you have no regrets and a much smaller list of things you could have done but didn’t.
Love & Kisses, Viki.