I have to say it was a good year in terms of memorable events. Two more grand babies were born, one in June and one in September. Then in August the biggest life change, retirement.
When I add in a post Christmas birthday, I feel more nostalgia for things past that at any other time of the year.
I miss every home I've lived in even though I love the new one and am happy I moved on. I miss old friends, but enjoy new friendships too. I love to travel, and yet feel a pang at leaving home and my normal routine for something different. Then, when I come home, I miss being on the road seeing new things. I look forward to a new year, while at the same time I miss the old one.
If I judge the new year by the old one, it's gonna be a pretty darn good year. So, why be nostalgic over the old one?
Because it's human to cling to the known rather than jump toward the unknown.
God tells us not to worry or fret over tomorrow. He's already there.
"Remember not former things, and look not on things of old. Behold I do new things, and now they shall spring forth, verily you shall know them: I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43: 18-19. Taken from the Douay-Rheims Version of the Bible.