Only four days into 2015 it’s still as fresh as a just baked loaf. Before it begins drying out, going stale and getting mouldy, let’s take a minute to re-capture the exhiliration and optimism that fuel our fun on New Year’s Eve.
Of course if our intoxication is of more than just the psychic kind, the excitement can disappear as soon as New Year’s Day morning when we make the mistake of waking up. But just for the moment let’s assume we exercised restraint on New Year’s Eve and didn’t have to deal with more than just the faintest trembling of the neurons as dawn broke on January 1st.
The world itself is always bent on dampening whatever enthusiasm the prospect of a new start has inspired and this year is no exception with bushfires having devastated large swathes of South Australia and Victoria. It’s sadly inevitable that calamities, disasters and tragedy will stalk our days through this year as they have through every other. And even when they don’t touch us personally, it’s hard to hold on to positivity in all the turbulence. That’s when it’s good to recall why we’re prompted to make New Year’s resolutions.
There’s a certain spirit of renewal that comes along with the midnight chimes on New Year’s Eve – the chance to turn to a clean page in the vast notebook of our lives and get a clearer idea of how we want to shape those 365 days that lie ahead. And regardless of what’s happening in the world, it’s an opportunity to set some goals and focus on what we really want. If this sounds like hard work, it is. When frustration, disappointment and disillusionment set in, as they do, it’s tempting to admit defeat and hope next year will be better. But transformation is up to us. It’s not the year, the number, the date, the time, the astrological sign – none of these have magical power. What does is the human spirit, its strength in adversity, its capacity to reinvent itself against all odds, to start over and like bushfire victims create a new life from the ashes of the old.
Whatever your goals for the new year, I wish you strength and courage in pursuing them. I also hope you treat yourself to some fun and indulgence along the way. And for us foodies that means having that second helping sometimes, baking that cake, savouring every mouthful and delicious sip. Life is for enjoying as well as enduring. Have a happy, healthy and productive 2015.
by Anne Green