By Beth Carpenter and Cari Lynn Webb
It’s that week between Christmas and New Year’s when we tend to look back at all the year that’s ending and wondering where it all went. Cari and I thought it would be fun to thumb through all the photos on our phones and pick out one that symbolized 2018 for us.
This whole year it seemed I’d just be getting my ducks in a row in one area when another duck would take off across the pond. But somehow, what had to be done got done, and what didn’t get done didn’t matter all that much. Books got written, promises were kept, and we had fun along the way.
I hope 2018 was a good year for you, and that 2019 will be even better.
I wanted to steal Beth’s picture too … I felt much the same with getting my ducks in a row throughout the year and then one would inevitably wander off. But I found this picture on my phone from our July trip to Carowinds. And yes, my daughters and their friends are on this roller coaster somewhere. It was the first upside down roller coaster for both girls and they were hooked after their first ride.
Unfortunately, my days of upside-down roller coasters are over – I love roller coasters, but not the vertigo that sets in afterwards. And as my year was its own version of a roller coaster, it was probably for the best that I left the real thing to my teenage daughters. I had plenty of moments of anticipation as we prepared for vacations that would become highlights of the year – just like that climb on the roller coaster before the steepest drop. And then moments where I threw my hands in the air and enjoyed the ride with all the laughter and thrill I could capture. Then there were the times I thought I had regained my breath only to discover an unexpected drop – those times not so comfortable – the ones that make you want to scream to get off the ride. The ones that steal the fun and the joy.
But we have to accept the ups and downs of life. Find our balance and buckle our seat belts. And I’ve discovered – just as I suspect my daughters did on their first ride – that family and friends, right there beside you to hold your hand and offer support, give you the courage to face whatever comes your way.
And so we’ll keep riding that roller coaster called life. And may all of you enjoy your ride in 2019!
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