Firmly Close the Door

Put the wheels in motion.
Move beyond your fears
and firmly close the door
on a very hard year.

Those lyrics are from a song called “New Year’s Eve” by The Nadas – one of my favorite bands (and somebody you really need to check out.  Seriously.  Do it.)

How can I put this politely…2011 was a complete and utter turd of a year. 

Sure, there were definitely some great moments:  I earned my first professional writing job, I started this blog which has been more enjoyable than expected, and there are thousands of smiles and laughs inspired by my wife and daughter.  These things (and countless more that I am forgetting) make me a very lucky man.

Yet…when I look back on 2011, I’m likely to remember the bad things that happened, the sad things that happened, the unexpected things that happened.  I won’t go into exhaustive detail, but the lowlights include:  putting my beloved dog to sleep, being unemployed for over 2 months, having emergency back surgery (again), and learning of our failed adoption (and corresponding financial hit) via Facebook. 

The sad truth is the bad outweighed the good this year.  And I know that I am far from alone in that.

That is why New Year’s Eve really speaks to a lot of people.  Yes, for most it is an excuse to go out*, fight the crowds, and spend inflated prices for deflated champagne. 

*”Amateur Night” as my sister calls it.  P.S – Get a designated driver or call a cab you lightweights.

But for others, it is an opportunity.  A chance to erase bad habits, reboot your life, and “firmly close the door on a very hard year.”

I hope you’ll take four minutes to listen to the beautiful song below* and know that “everybody tries a little more on New Year’s Eve”.

*And if you wanted to buy/download their music – or check them out on Spotify – that would be okay too.  This is some good music.  If you’re not listening, you are missing out.

One Comment

I’m right there with you on closing the door firmly. Thanks much for sharing (love the song) and here’s to the endless possibilities of a brand new year!

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