Don’t Let the Door Hit You On the Way Out, 2014!
For many of us, 2014 wasn't an awesome year. It seemed there was an extraordinary number of people dealing with death, miscarriages, cancer diagnoses, medical problems for them or their children. Overall, it was not the happiest of years.
It doesn't help that as the new year approaches, the media likes to get nostalgic about the past 12 months and begins to rehash everything, even the depressing stuff, like missing airplane flights (THREE! There were THREE of those this year!) and terrorist threats. Thanks, CNN, it was tough enough to stomach the first go-around.
Even social media wants to provide us flashbacks. Between your friends' Timehop posts and Facebook's new “Year in Review,” it's a constant look back at moments that perhaps weren't too awesome. I know when I checked out my own “Year in Review,” I felt the tears welling up in my eyes. I had one happy pregnancy picture, and then the rest of my slideshow was filled with pictures of my handsome baby boy with wires attached all over his tiny body. Not something I want to relive. Like … ever.
So, I'm not. I'm not going to use this post to wax poetic about what a trying year 2014 was. I'm not going to break it down by awful moments and sigh over them. I'm not going to pick out the good moments and lament that there weren't more of them. It's all water under the bridge, and there's no point in dissecting it now.
Instead, I'm going to say, “Adios, 2014! Don't let the door hit you on the way out!” Just like Gwyneth Paltrow's marriage and Bill Cosby's career — it's OVER.
I won't spend these last few days remembering what a drag 2014 was. Instead, I'll spend these days thinking about how amazing I plan to make 2015. The things I want to accomplish, the memories I want to make, the plans I have for our kids and our family. I'm planning to look ahead instead of over my shoulder. Imagine the future instead of idolizing the past.
Yes, there's a lot riding on 2015, and it better not disappoint me like its older brother did.
So, hasta la vista, 2014. It's been real. It's been fun. But it hasn't been real fun.