6. I am going to continue to try to find a fuller purpose in my life. As a person who believed since childhood that my purpose would be in helping and being with others in the context of a marriage, it is perhaps time to accept that this life is not going to lead to the life partner I always expected to appear. Although I never wanted to live alone, I have lived alone for a very long time. I have a family that I cherish and I have always been, and continue to be, involved in community service, but there has always been a void in my life, waiting. I thought I knew what was missing, but it's out of my control and, after a very long wait, it's time to move beyond that personal fantasy. I have relationships I value and I don't want to taint them with the brush of what they are not. So it will be a goal in 2014 to try to figure out what else to put in that empty place.
7. Most of all, I hope that, as often as I can, I am going to try new things in 2014 that I haven't thought of, maybe haven't even heard of, maybe simply haven't dared to do. I will again try to listen for ideas that come from outside my circle of comfort, and learn whatever I can, wherever I can, whether it involves craft or food or physical activity or people. I hope I will dare to do things I don't expect to like but haven't actually tried. I hope I will conquer, or at least confront, some fears. I hope by the end of 2014 to be able to say that I discovered and experienced things I didn't even knew existed today. It's going to be the Best Year Ever. :)
Happy New Year! I hope 2014 will be the Best Ever for you, too.