Wherever you are, whatever your situation, I wish all readers much happiness, love and wellness for everyday of 2018, these are life’s greatest riches and I hope you find them in abundance.
2017 was a difficult year for us. Although there were some high points, there were also terrors. The kind that bring sleepless nights and frantic days. We learn from all experiences, the good and the bad, but last night we pushed the door firmly closed on 2017.
The wonders and possibilities of 2018 are most welcome because the last 365 days have been a long, hard slog. Though the desire to wipe away the past is strong there are tributes to pay and deep gratitude to note before moving on:
- For the medics who helped J survive meningitis and J’s will to recover from a very traumatic experience
- For my father who continues to help others and spares little thought for himself
- For our journey to the furthest reaches of Norway and our once in a lifetime experience of the Mirrie Dancers
- For friends and family across the globe, and loved ones lost but never forgotten
- For food, clean water, warmth and shelter – all so easily taken for granted yet still beyond reach for far too many
- For life, however long it lasts, because every day is a day further from cancer. This year will be my sixth post-diagnosis.
This new year has barely started but it comes complete with some significant milestones for us, big events that will shape the future in ways we can’t fully imagine as yet. It also comes with lots of blank canvas, new days ready to receive whatever memories we chose to paint there. We are a family of three, and all three of us have brushed with death at an age that is far from being “old.” So as we continue this journey we remain optimistic about the possibilities that lie ahead. There is much to explore and too little time to grumble along the way. We know now that wherever the path takes us, we’ll make the most of it and keep walking on. It is, in every sense, a happy new year.