Every 31ST December I try to sit down and reflect on the year that has been and look forward to the coming year.
However you look on life, the end of the year is a symbol for putting the negative things behind us and accepting the bad for what it was and hope for better things. Sure, a new year won’t miraculously change who we are or our circumstances but it help us change our attitudes toward life.
In the past year, I’ve undergone somewhat of an attitude change that has helped my life move forward in a more positive direction. I’m clearer on what I want and am working on ways to achieve my goals.
I have have some of the most amazing friends in my life and I am so thankful to each and every one of you who has supported, laughed, cried and congratulated or commiserated with me over the past twelve months. My friends are the ones who have the faith in me; whether it’s my fabulous twitter sisters with cheering me on with riding, or my friends helpfully reading my creative writing pieces or my close friends supporting me on personal levels. I feel so lucky to have amazing friends like you guys in my life. And it is definitely one area I can say my life has blossomed this year.
Friendships have strengthened and I hope they continue to do so in the years to come.
I finally decided on a career goal. I know the direction I want to work toward and it’s both in a field I wanted and realistic to practice long term with a visual impairment.
I’m volunteering now and hope to hit the ground running with several projects in the new year.
I have become more involved with the local blind society and am enjoying the things I’m doing with them.
Good things have happened this year, some of the highlights were riding out on my birthday with some of the fab ladies at my riding school and going over my first jump pole. I’ve definitely improved with riding and hope that continues well into the new year!
Another highlight was heading to London for a fun trip with my best friend, another trip to London to visit parliament, [had a very historical field trip year] then heading to Olympia to attend the Olympia horse show with a friend.
But despite the good, there was a sad point to this year. I knew it was inevitable but the decision to retire my Bailey dog from his long serving career as a guide dog was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make so far in my life. It was the right decision for both of us and I’m lucky to have been in a position to keep bailey at home with me. He’s enjoying retirement and each day I know I did the best thing for me but especially him. He worked so hard for me for just under seven and a half years, I couldn’t have asked for more. He was a truly amazing first guide dog and now he’s a fabulous pet.
That did mean being without a guide. I still am and fervently hope a four legged set of eyes will be appearing in my life and joining our family in 2014.
The positive, if I can take one from that is that I was forced to use the cane so much more. I was never confident before Bailey but since having him, and venturing out alone, it’s meant I’ve had to continue that to a point to maintain my life.
As it happened, so many voluntary positions and opportunities arose which meant travelling on my own with the pink stick. yes, I have a pink cane!
My confidence has built this year and I intend to build it more in the new year. I appreciate all the chances I’ve been given and hope I can do all of the things I’m involved with or will be involved with justification.
So here is to 2014 and I hope it brings you all love, laughter, health, happiness and so much more. Keep smiling and keep fighting because it is all we can do to survive this roller coaster called life.
Happy New year and thank you 2013 for teaching me, blessing me and giving me so much. I hope 2014 can live up to it’s predecessor.