New Year’s Eve is the day everyone sits and reflects, gets ready for a huge night and a fantastic New Year.

It doesn’t matter whether the year just gone was a rubbish one or a fantastic one; everyone has this deep down belief that the following year will be better than the last.

I don’t know if it’s an enviable or unenviable position that my birthday also falls on New Year’s Day. So that whole “start fresh with a clean slate” mentality is wrapped up neatly for me.

But no year ever passes without drama, elation, unexpected joy and unexpected pain.

Affirmations made at the beginning of the year aren’t always met and some are fulfilled beyond wildest dreams.

As I get older my excitement for each year wanes for various reasons. In my late teens and early twenties I would welcome each New Year with such fervour but now not so much. Maybe there is truth to the adage that you slow down as you age.

Or it could be that with my age some satisfaction has been met so that urge to get out there and “live” has subsided. Anticipation has given way to contentment.

But you also don’t get to this age without some disillusionment; that’s just a part of life. So maybe I’m a little more realistic about the following year being “the best year yet”.

My children look forward to each year with excitement and a little bit of fear. Everything to them is new and unchartered territory.

However you feel about the incoming year, I wish you the best.


  • At 2012.12.31 11:02, Nathalie Brown said:

    Gorgeous Maria, slowing down is good as is being realistic. I’m much like you another year, all I hope for is more laughs, patience and love xx

    • At 2012.12.31 13:36, Maria said:

      I know 2012 was a roller coaster year for you. Laughs, patience and love is a great way to want to spend 2013.

      Love & stuff
      Mrs M

    • At 2012.12.31 11:19, Trish said:

      Well said Maria, I agree ! Though 2013 has to be better for me than 2012.I wish you the very best too.

      • At 2012.12.31 13:41, Maria said:

        Hi Trish,

        Human spirit can’t be squashed can it? I hope 2013 goes gangbusters for you Trish.

        Love & stuff
        Mrs M

      • At 2012.12.31 14:19, Catherine Rodie Blagg said:

        I like the symbolism of a fresh start as the year turns, and do see it as an opportunity to l to look back and see how far I’ve come. Life is full of twists and turns but for me, at the end of the day, it is up to us to create what we want from it.
        Happy new year you xx

        • At 2012.12.31 14:50, Maria said:

          Hi Catherine,

          I agree that symbolism plays a bit part. As do rituals. And yes, seeing how much we have achieved can help spur us on to keep on keeping on.

          I hope 2013 gives you exactly what you want 🙂

          Love & stuff
          Mrs M

        • At 2012.12.31 15:08, Grace said:

          It’s a myriad of the dramas and the contentment that make New Year’s Eve less and less “significant”. And living long enough (and experiencing enough) to know that life is always going to through you curveballs, despite what you “committed” yourself for the new year.
          Geez, how cynical am I ? LOL!
          In any case, have a fab birthday for tomorrow. Wishing you much happiness and success for the new year xxx

          • At 2013.01.01 19:23, Maria said:

            I don’t think you sound cynical at all. It’s all in your approach. If you take a woe is me approach then yeah, you sound cynical.

            But you know, life is just about swings and roundabouts 🙂

            Love & stuff
            Mrs M

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