Happy New Year! Round these parts, the tree is outside ready for the dump, the decorations safely hoisted back into the loft and we are emerging from our festive cocoon, like small, blinking animals. It's a funny time of year - partly concerned with looking forward and plans for the next 12 months, but with a slight nod to the year past, and perhaps a little introspective moment, thinking about how it all went.
As the years pass, I find it gets more difficult to pigeonhole a year as a good one, or a bad one. Life is too muddy to categorize definitively - there's no neat metric to assess your performance or score your added value. I think I struggled with that when I first stopped work to stay home with children - office life is so cut and dried. Did you meet your key performance indicators? How much bonus did they earn you? Everything reduced to stark numbers on a spreadsheet.
But all these years down the line, I think I've made my peace with vagueness. I'm happier with a general intention type of resolution rather than a hard and fast one. Perhaps I have finally twigged that life is not a test, with a score to be earned and judged by. But it's still nice to see a little progress, so I was happy to find photographic evidence of last year's resolution to eat more delicious food.
2014? It was yummy, thanks!