Growing up, we really never celebrated NYE in style. I might stay up to watch Dick Clark and then the ball drop in Times Square. But then, it was like, okay, good to bed now. Nothing huge.
For the past 17 years it has been that way. A quick kiss at midnight, Hubs often had to wake me up for that. We stayed safely tucked way in our cozy home.
This year was different. I strapped on my brand spankin' new Petzle 50 lumens headlamp and headed out around 10:30. The streets were nearly empty and eerily quiet. I admired the Christmas lights still lit, smiled at the Christmas trees twinkling in the windows. I thought about the houses with cars lining the streets, homes packed full of friends and loved ones celebrating a fresh start together.
I was still out running at the stroke of midnight. The neighborhood came alive with revelry. Firecrackers popping, children banging pots and pans, horns tooting, people shouting with joy, dogs barking and even a few gun shots. (rednecks - hey it IS Texas)
I stopped my Garmin, stood still and took it all in in the cold and darkness. Aloud, I thanked God for allowing me to see 2011. For helping me make it here. For putting the most amazing people in my life. For opening my heart up this year to accept kindness.
I arrived home around 12:30, showered and climbed into bed with all 3 of my kitties. We snuggled in the biscuit trying to get warm. And I smiled again.
My future is as bright as my Petzle 50 lumen headlamp. I can't control the actions of others, but I AM in control of my life and my future.
And I choose for it to be great.
She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25
Happy New Year Y'all! Laugh without fear of the future!