12.31.2012

Year in Review

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2012 has come to its end. I can't say I will miss it, but there were still some wonderful moments, big and small. I think this year will go down as the year that I felt. I felt a lot of anxiety, helplessness, doubt, fear, anger, disappointment, hope, excitement, relief, love, and peace. This year my sensitivity was on hyper drive and every feeling came on heavily. Although you couldn't pay me enough money to relive certain days of this year, 2012 will hold a place in my heart as a time that I felt truly human. I found this quote about a year ago and it resonates with my feelings of this year of my life.

 “I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that - I don’t mind people being happy - but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness. It’s a really odd thing that we’re now seeing people saying “write down 3 things that made you happy today before you go to sleep”, and “cheer up” and “happiness is our birthright” and so on. We’re kind of teaching our kids that happiness is the default position - it’s rubbish. Wholeness is what we ought to be striving for and part of that is sadness, disappointment, frustration, failure; all of those things which make us who we are. Happiness and victory and fulfillment are nice little things that also happen to us, but they don’t teach us much. Everyone says we grow through pain and then as soon as they experience pain they say “Quick! Move on! Cheer up!” I’d like just for a year to have a moratorium on the word “happiness” and to replace it with the word “wholeness”. Ask yourself “is this contributing to my wholeness?” and if you’re having a bad day, it is.”
-Hugh Mackay


2012, you contributed to my wholeness. So, thank you.

16 comments:

  1. That quote is perfect. It's always been annoying to me when people say, "Be happy Meg!" when I'm anything other than bright and bubbly.

    There are a million other emotions to be felt, that mean more to me than just happy.

    And, from what you wrote, it looks like you felt them this year! You're a strong girl.

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  2. I love that quote. I think I need to write it down.

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  3. I should read that quote every day of my life. I can honestly say that few years have contributed to my "wholeness" like this one has. Thanks for sharing this, and I hope we both have a happy new year .. with maybe a few less feelings!

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  4. That quote is so true. May 2013 be a wonderful year for you!

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  5. I love the quote. Thanks for sharing it!

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  6. Love the quote. Sadness and frustration are a part of life, too -- and let's face it, people who put on a front and are constantly happy are just annoying. :)

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  7. You are so super cool! I hope 2013 brings you bigger and better adventures and proves to be a little less stressful.

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  8. I love all the photos, but definitely the Eisley ones the most! Aren't they just amazing to see live? I will never forget my first show a couple years back and meeting Christie! Best concert of my life!!

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  9. Your 2012 sounds a lot like my 2011.

    I really like that quote.

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  10. I love that quote. I'm always striving to be happier or smilier or brighter and more cheerfull, but feeling everything is a part of life. From now on i'll be looking for wholeness instead of happiness, Leah xoxo

    PS, love your blog!

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  11. I love your blog. I am so excited to watch it in this coming year :)

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  12. That last quote...perfection! And all of these pictures are beautiful! 2012 was an inspirational year for you. Can't wait to see what 2013 brings!

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  13. dude. your style rocks, glad i stumbled over here :)

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  14. You're life looks so fun. I love your pics!

    Hailey Devine

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  15. Thank you so much for sharing this. I had a very rough 2012 myself because my parents separated after 29 years of marriage. It's been a very hard year for my family, and I'm so close to each and every one of them. I absolutely love the quote, and I plan on saving it forever and referring to it often.

    Here's to a very wonderful -- and very whole -- 2013!

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