Goodbye and thank you, 2011!

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It might sound strange but when I woke up today the first thing I wanted to do was check my social media accounts. No, I’m not that kind of person, who sleeps with her cell in hand, looking for updates on her FB throughout the night, but today is different. So, why the sudden curiosity, you’ll ask. Well, it is quite obvious I think-  today is the last day of 2011 and people like to share with their friends what kind of year they had. I wanted to see how everyone felt about 2011 and what a better way to do that than to sneak a peek of their statuses and blog posts, tweets etc.
Usually, that’s a very depressing thing to do, because people mostly complain what a horrible year they had, all the losses it brought them ( from love, to money, to keys and change), and overall it’s a New year’s cocktail as I call it. What’s a New year’s cocktail? Well, it’s a large glass of misery, with a dash of hope, some dreams sprinkled on top and  then mixed with enthusiasm for the upcoming year. 
Today I saw quite a different picture and I must say this caught me by surprise. 
If you look at the world news, 2011 was a difficult year so I absolutely didn’t expect the first thing that I read about sending this year off to be ” I love you 2011” .  And this was just the beginning!  Everyone I know felt kind of the same way- grateful for what they got, with high expectations for 2012 and kind of sad 2011 is going. 
I am happy that even though I know everyone had less than a perfect year, these people found it in their hearts to be thankful for everything they got or didn’t get. I have to admit, this is the first year in a long time I didn’t hear anyone complaining and it is more than refreshing. 
What kind of year I had? 
I honestly feel that was the best year I had in a long, long time. It was a difficult and stressful one, yes,  but it was full….of LIFE. 
I finally felt like I was living to the fullest potential of “living” I can imagine. Maybe there is more, maybe I didn’t get all I could get or didn’t give all I could give, but that’s not how I feel. I definitely got more than I expected and I gave away more than I ever imagined I could. I met so many new friends, I can hardly count them, I got so much love and appreciation
 that I feel blessed! Therefore for me 2011 was (finally) a year of balance and inner peace.  I don’t feel as restless as I did and as corny as it might sound…I am happy, today, and yesterday, and the day before.

I don’t wish for a perfect 2012, nor I wish for the same year as 2011, not at all. I don’t wish YOU that too. I wish for a year of BALANCE, I want a year I will regret to see going, just like 2011.

Farewell, my friend , 2011! Although I don’t wish we meet again, I know you won’t be soon forgotten! 
To all of you – I thank you for the support and love you’ve given me! My family and I are wishing you a Happy New Year and may the next one be a year you will miss when it’s gone!