Another Year, Another Chapter, Another Goodbye

Kristopher Roller

As I prepare myself to say goodbye to 2017 and before this chapter objectives, I can’t help but wonder why I’m always disillusioned if a year ends without something extraordinary happening in the middle it.

Every year I say’ this is going to be my year’ and end up really disappointed when it ends the same style it started. It constructed me is understood that not every year will be me but that doesn’t make it a bad one. Maybe this year is the boring chapter that leads to the arousing one. The chapter you skim through before you land on the chapter that induces you want to highlight every single word.

And it’s like every year God is writing a different story for me. Every year our narratives don’t align. Every year we don’t speak the same language but I’m slowly coming to understand that maybe that’s okay. It’s okay that I don’t have the final say in my tale. It’s okay that it’s not up to me to make certain characters stay if they’re meant to leave. It’s okay that my tale is not going exactly the route I it.

Because at the end of the day this is just one chapter in my volume. It’s only a few pages from a thousand of pages. It’s a continuation of a previous chapter or an introduction to a new one. It’s only one chapter and I’m ready to finish it .

I’m ready to close the chapter of 2017. I’m ready to embrace everything that happened and learning to let go of what didn’t happen but I’m also learning that this is not the end of my narrative. This year doesn’t set the tone for other years. This year is not a volume, it’s merely a chapter, it’s only part of my story. It doesn’t have to be a turning point or the year of my dreamings or the year of mad love.

It doesn’t have to be a significant year — just like novels sometimes don’t have significant chapters but they the story. Without these chapters, the tale wouldn’t make sense. Perhaps this year is insignificant but it’s essential to the next chapter, the next year, the next big thing.

Maybe the new friends I made this year will have a significant role in my life later on. Maybe the CEO I satisfied arbitrarily through a common friend will give me a lifetime opportunity. Maybe that cute stranger I satisfied one night will not has become a stranger anymore.

Maybe this year is a cause to a bigger consequence .

And that’s how I’m deciding to look at it. I won’t dwell on how bad it was. I won’t say it was a year to forget. Perhaps it wasn’t a year to recollect but I will still embrace it as part of my story. I will look at it wisely. I will decipher the secret message it’s been trying to send me. I feel like this year is a to somewhere better. It’s a stepping stone. It’s a connection to a wonderful destination.

It’s another year preparing me for the main points of my story. It’s another chapter ending so a better one could begin. It’s another goodbye for a much more rewarding hello.

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