Around this time of the year, I’ve often heard of the saying: “In with the new, out with the old.” As I reflect on the past year and all that it has brought me, I’m not sure I agree with this statement. You see, the “old” brought me so many wonderful opportunities and the chance to realize my dream of becoming a writer. If it weren’t for my past experiences, and my family, as well as, friends who pushed me into taking the plunge, I never would have written and published my books. The “old” has also allowed me the chance to meet other wonderful authors and amazing people from across the globe who enjoy reading as much as I do! Besides, I’m a pack rat and don’t tend to want to throw out anything old unless I absolutely have to. My bell bottom jeans and orange platform shoes have made a come back and so will my record player, as well as, my Michael Jackson and Madonna vinyl records. I’m sure of it!
So while I certainly welcome “new” (and by new, I mean a new convertible Mustang, a new diamond pendant, a new vacation home in Turks and Caicos), I don’t ever want to throw out the “old.” The old has worked out so well for me. I like the past and everything that it means to me: good friends, close family and the chance to bring alive the stories in my head on paper.
So as we prepare to ring in 2014, I say stick with the old and welcome the new. Who says they both can’t live in peaceful harmony together!
Have a wonderful New Year!