2014 was not a stellar year for my family, many friends, but especially myself. After all, I'd gotten divorced, moved in with my parents, lost my bid on three houses, had car troubles resulting in repair bills in the thousands of dollars, been diagnosed with breast cancer and had to have a double mastectomy. Not a great year.
As I approached the end of 2014, I wanted to do something to symbolize that I was letting go of all the bad stuff (the anger, the fear, the worry) for the year and starting 2015 with a blank slate. That's when I came up with the balloon idea.
On New Year's Eve, a group of us gathered together before all the night's festivities. We wrote down on Post-It notes all the bad events, feelings and resentments for the year. Then rolling up those notes, we inserted them into a balloon and filled it with helium. We took the balloons outside, said goodbye to all that negativity and released them into the night sky. Almost a dozen balloons were released that night, but more importantly we all were able to figuratively let go of all that had weighed us down that year.
Now that we're in 2015, it's nice not to bring with me the old hurts and fears. I've started anew and look forward to an amazing year. After all, I'm now cancer free and on the road to a new body.
What did you let go of in 2014? What does 2015 have in store for you?