Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Goodbye 2007

Goodbye 2007. I am not going to miss you in the least. In fact, I think I shall look back on you as the single worst year of my life. I always thought that 1996 would be able to hold onto that distinction, since I came within milimeters of death or permanant brain/heart/liver damage that year. But congratulations, 2007, you managed to top 1996 for sheer crappiness.

You began with the uncertainty of my dear brother-in-law's battle with cancer and me in a fragile, broken emotional state after having a goal I worked toward for nearly five years go up in smoke. You teased me with opportunities that were glimpsed then snatched away, the ideas of possibilities that could never really happen, and a fight for something that wasn't worth fighting for. During the summer you allowed me the opportunity to suffer third degree burns from my stomach to my leg. You let me fall victim to misplaced trust and shattered illusions.

You were not a good year, 2007. You were fraught with pain, fear, betrayal, heartache, and even tedium. You are now ending the way you began, with my brother-in-law preparing to fight cancer once again.

But rest assured, 2007; you may have won the first several battles, but I am the winner of this war. I'm ending on my feet, courageous and independant once again. You may have thought you'd crush me, but you unknowingly made me stronger.

Today is your final day of life, 2007. Tomorrow, you'll just be a memory, which will diminish and weaken as other years come and go. Meanwhile, I'll keep growing stronger and stronger. Then someday when another year replaces you as the hardest year of my life, I won't flounder about like a lost child the way I did with you.

Goodbye 2007. There's so much more I could say to you right now, but only two words are really necessary:

I win.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"