As many have already said, 2016 did not go the way many of us hoped and I don't just mean that in the obvious sense. On a personal level, we looked back at this year with the feeling that we could have done more to get where we want to be in life. We seem to have fallen into a habit of complacency this year, with the primary goal just being put one foot in front of the other. Sometimes, when life hits you like a ton of bricks, that's all you can do. I would be doing a disservice to myself and my family though to let that continue. No life should be lived the same every year. And so, while tomorrow is theoretically no different from today, I'm looking at it as a symbolic new beginning, as so many do.
We spent most of the week between Christmas and New Year's in San Diego, letting Jack explore and run every inch of Balboa Park, Coronado, and Mission Bay. We tried new restaurants, indulged in beautiful ocean views and, perhaps most importantly, went to bed early every night.
Now that we're home, we're spending the day before the new year getting exercise and fresh air, grocery shopping, and sorting through closets and cabinets, purging things we don't need, are worn out, or that don't get used. We'll go to bed early tonight, prioritizing much-needed sleep over feeling tired tomorrow and will take Jack for a drive to the ocean tomorrow, as we often do on New Year's Day, symbolically starting the new year off on the right foot.