New Year's 2006 in Cartagena, Colombia
Why did I pick this photo today? As a reminder.
First, we spent New Year's Eve in Colombia in 2006 because my husband was working for a different company back then, and was spending months at a time in Bogota (among other far-ranging locations) and so we decided that I would come out to meet him for a holiday. He doesn't have that job anymore. He doesn't travel for work like that anymore (he once did Chicago, London, Toronto, Miami, Bogota, London again, and then home in one week). When we took that photo, we had been married for less than 8 months, and we weren't thinking about having kids yet. It seems like a million years ago, not just four. I want to start the new year with an awareness of how fast things can change.
Second... just look at that photo. People in the Southern Hemisphere know about hot Christmases and New Years, but for those of us who reside in the Northern half of the globe, it's a pretty disconcerting concept. I want to make sure that I also start the new year with an awareness of how our experiences can totally change our perceptions of things.
Some of you had pretty awesome 2009s (congrats!) but for others of us it was kind of rough. Here's my reminder to myself: this too, shall pass. And, whatever happens, it's not the same from all points of view.
Here's to 2010. Let's make it a good one.