Many more clever minds that mine have researched and written about how time is a construct that doesn’t have actual meaning, though we attempt to assign meaning to it through things like clocks, calendars, birthdays, and Downton Abbey episodes.
Theoretically, tomorrow is no different from today. As the clock moves from 11:59 to 12:00 tonight, nothing has actually changed, only what we perceive as the movement forward from 2012 to 2013. Nevertheless, I will be happy to see the backside of 2012 and embrace the illusion of the new year. Candidly, I can say that 2012 has been one of the most challenging years of my life—and I can say with some confidence that I’m not alone in this assessment. Many of my friends have reported their own troubles and struggles, which is oddly comforting to know that we’re all battling through this together, all of us searching and striving to find beauty and strength from the most arduous circumstances.
Tomorrow, those challenges won’t disappear. They’ll carry over into 2013, and I’ll continue to face them as best I can, especially with the support of friends and family. That includes my internet friends and adoptive family, who’ve provided so much laughter and encouragement, even in the midst of some very dark hours.
I’m grateful, too, for my readers, who give my days and weeks so much meaning (even if scientists say those days and weeks don’t really exist). Knowing that you read my stories and enjoy them makes the tough moments less tough.
Time is irrelevant, but I will embrace that irrelevancy to wish everyone a peaceful, prosperous, creative, and wondrous New Year!
All the best,