Oh hey, 2024. Happy New Year, friends.
I started my new year like I always do – with a New Year’s Day Run. It’s become a bit of a tradition and I don’t want to jinx the new year by NOT starting it off on the right foot (literally). I am not superstitious, but I do like to stick to my routines. We did stay up until after midnight though (which I heard, many people did not) and I once again stood on an empty street at midnight looking up at the stars. In Germany, I was used to going out at midnight to watch the fireworks and celebrate the new year with neighbors/friends. Nobody goes out on the streets here to ring in the new year, but I still do. And I usually can count on a phone call from my uncle and my mom at midnight, so I have to stay up to greet the new year.
While I usually look forward to the time between Christmas and New Year’s as a time of slow-down, reflection, and anticipation, it has also brought more nostalgia and melancholy in recent years. I don’t know what it is, but I always feel a little behind on this whole “reflection and resolution exercise” that we all engage in when the new year comes around, even though the timing is the same every year and not exactly a surprise. I am also usually an optimist, but it’s hard – even for me – to be optimistic sometimes.
I do have hope that 2024 can turn out to be a good year, but a few things worry me. The wars in Gaza and Ukraine are constantly on my mind. I don’t talk about it much here or on social media, but I am not living my life in ignorant bliss (sometimes I wish I could) and what I see on the news is weighing heavy on my heart. How is anybody ok with what’s going on? I guess, technically nobody is but then, why isn’t anybody stopping it? It’s 2024 and people still do this to each other. Aren’t there better ways to resolve conflict? Better yet, can we just finally embrace to “live and let live”? I am about to lose faith in humanity.
Also, this year is an election year in the US and I’m kinda disillusioned about a path forward politically. It seems like we have a lot of people “in charge”, who are not doing their jobs. Look, we all would have been fired a long time ago if we half-assed our jobs like that, but I guess politicians don’t have performance reviews. Unless you call election day their performance review, and surprisingly, lots of people seem to want to keep “poor-performing” people around. Let’s not even talk about inflation, climate change, and a gazillion other things.
Ugh, I am sorry. I am not very inspirational today. I didn’t expect this first week of the new year to knock me a bit off keel but it did. I really hope to shake this feeling soon. This feels so not like me.
I know, there are good things to look forward to in my personal life. I am planning a trip to see my family (and friends), I am hoping for more (weekend) trips with Jon, and I’ll continue to prioritize health, fitness, and nutrition in my life. I am thankful for you guys, for our little blogging bubble, and for the connections and friendships forged here. They mean so much.
Maybe 2024 will be the year where I follow through with some of the “projects” I want to do and so often in the past couple of years have failed to make time for. We’ll see how things turn out. There’s always hope.
Did you notice this year started on a Monday? At least, there’s that.