2014 has been quite the year. On my end, I have graduated, completed my swimming career, traveled to Aruba, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Europe, among other memorable milestones. Several chapters have concluded, while others have opened and are starting to get exciting. Along with the good comes some bad such as death, growing pains, and difficult people. The French say "C'est la vie," meaning, "that's life."Austria and 2014 in general have shown me to move forward but also to stay in the moment. Diane Nyad said in an interview that we are only guaranteed to have the present moment. I have to agree with her.
I will be welcoming the New Year in Krefeld. In 2015, I hope to express more gratitude for my many blessings. Life is not always easy, especially when rather far from home, but optimism and a thirst for knowledge keep it interesting.
In German, people wish you a "good slip" into the New Year, or einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr. So I wish you a guten Rustch as well. May it be blissfully metaphorical as opposed to literal. Welcome 2015 like the present moment that we all have.
Camel's Hump State Park, Vermont (July 2014)
All the best for the New Year,