The whole year ahead of me.
The first day of the year is an arbitrary designation based on an inaccurately calculated calendar, and placed, for no discernable reason that I've ever heard, smack dab in the middle of winter (at least where I live, summer for my Aussie friends).
So while the first is an artificial seperation between the old and the new, without any inherent magic, mystery, or need for attention, it can still be used as an opportunity. A time to do things differently. Time to make changes and a clean break with past bad habits and start afresh with new behaviors.
When I think ahead to the upcoming year, I wonder not only where I will be on January 1, 2009, but where I will have been during 2008. The possibilities are staggering. Back in April 2007 when I started blogging I thought my life was mired down into a never-ending routine that wouldn't let up until the kids left home. What a tremendous difference in 9 months!
Now I sit and contemplate the opportunities to try new things, the time to be spent with new friends and family, and the changes that can and will take place in my life in the next year and it makes me shiver with excitement.
What a great time to be alive! And hey! If you stick around, you'll get to be a part of it! WOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!