Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2011

Well, It is hard to believe that another year has passed and we have stepped into a brand new year. Like so many people, I have made resolutions on past new years that have for better or worse fallen by the wayside sometime during the hustle and bustle of the year. SO…this year i decided to try something different. I only have one resolution for the whole year. I am going to make a resolution to live my life. Now, i know what you are thinking: LaBi, that’s not a real resolution. Are not new year’s resolutions more specific like moving, losing weight, going on a trip, or finding that special someone? Well, my dear friends, my resolution can be ALL of that and more. My resolution is tied to only one thing: That God allows me to make it to December 31, 2011. If this happens, I will have kept my resolution.

The more I think about 2011, the more I see my life is going to change without me having to do very much except keep living. I am moving for medical school somewhere (as of now my only option is Memphis). I think every year since i hit puberty one of my resolutions was to lose weight. However, last year i said i would be healthy. Although I was not always perfect at this task, it was less pressure to live healthy and lose weight gradually than try to lose 50 pounds in one month with some dramatic lifestyle change. I feel that in order to live my life, I have to be healthy and losing weight will slowly come with that. I don’t know God’s plans, but I have been going on more trips this past year than i have in a long time. So far, I am planning to go St. Louis next week, West Coast sometime this summer, and my parents (not-so-secretly) have planned a graduation cruise for me out of the country! (I am really excited about that one!!) And like I said before, I do not know what God has planned.

Speaking of not knowing God’s plans, I have no idea about finding a “special” someone. I had a long heart-to-heart with one of my best friends last night/year about this subject. In our life circle, everyone we know our age and younger is getting seriously invovled with someone or married (evident by the fact I am writing this entry before and after my friend’s wedding at 5). So, to reach this point and not even have options is a little discouraging at times. However, the rest of the country believes the average marriage age is 26 and not 20 as it is in the “Harding Bubble”. Now, I have nothing against marriage. It is ordained by God, many of my friends and family are doing it, and I hope to do it someday. Nevertheless, I have never been a fan of anything being thrown in my face including something as sacred and wonderful as marriage. Yet I continually have moments where i wonder if it will ever happen for me. I don’t believe that 2011 will be the year i find my soul-mate, but I DO believe that if i live my life as myself someday I will find someone who wants to live life with me.


“Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”

William Arthur Ward

Happy New Year!! Whatever your goals for 2011, I challenge you to live life to the fullest.