For Auld Lang Syne

“And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere,
and gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught,
for auld lang syne.”

2011 has certainly been one for the books.

I witnessed some really great couples say “I do” and was thrilled to hear others announce their engagements. Amongst the “I do’s” was a beautiful sunny spring day in Muskoka where the consummate party kid married the love of his life, in the form of a policewoman. We all chuckled at the irony as we happily celebrated the two of them. And the biggest moment in wedding bliss for me was as I watched my kid brother mature into a very kind man and I cried with unbridled joy as he married a really special lady.

I was so happy to see my best ski-buddy welcome her son Max into the world and have enthusiastically watched as motherhood has put a spotlight on her quiet confidence and has allowed her to shine even more brightly. I got to live just down the street from another very good friend and so enjoyed being that close as she evolved from my high school buddy to a stunning pregnant woman, to a really fantastic and loving mother to Carson, without slowing down her unrelenting pace of exploring, creating and traveling for even a second. Her energy and creativity is a daily inspiration.

I felt my heart swell and realized, yet again, that love truly does grow exponentially, as I held my nephew Callum and my niece Paige in my arms within the first hours of both of their births. I have felt so much joy and pride for both my sister and brother, and their respective spouses, as they have adjusted to parenthood and become so wonderful within their new roles.

I have watched with awe and amazement at each milestone, as my nephews, Nathan and Jack, have grown into active, happy and handsome little boys. I have been so proud of what intelligent, thoughtful, hilarious and beautiful young women my nieces Chelsey, Kathleen, Hailey and Alannah are growing up to be.

Every day I have been thankful for what a spectacular, if not slightly insane, family I am a part of.  They love me for who I am, support me in my choices, cheer on my successes, help me overcome my obstacles, pick me up when I stumble, laugh with me at this wonderful life we are all living and help me drink away my sorrows 😀 The Clark clan is a special group of people and with each passing year, I become more consciously aware of how great they all are.

In 2011, I was thrilled to spend more time with some old friends who are very important to me (although there are a few to whom a visit is long over due). 2012 marks ten years since I graduated from high school and I LOVE that despite us all living in different locations hours and hours apart, I still count amongst my best friends the girls I shared those years with. I had a lot of laughs (and some fantastic adventures) with new friends, and I have been reminded on a daily basis how lucky I am to have such amazing people surrounding me.

I FINALLY took the extended trip I’d be longing to take and despite my vow to “sort out what I want to do with my life” while traveling, I didn’t and I’m ok with that. The journey was amazing, the experiences life changing and the people are imprinted in my heart, my memory and my life forever.

For 2012, I solemnly swear to put away my life map permanently and commit to becoming woefully lost in the experience of living. If an opportunity presents itself, I will take it. And if it changes me, I will let it.

Happy New Years to you and yours!




4 responses to this post.

  1. Happy New Year my amazing friend, and thank you for such kind words in your post! I love your 2012 commitment 🙂 Its perfect!! Lots of hugs and hope you are feeling well! xox


  2. Posted by funkylindsay on January 1, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I also love your 2012 commitment.

    You also made me tear up a little.

    Happy New Year J!


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