For those of us in the northern hemisphere, this week marked the first official day of winter, also the shortest day of the year. I am always glad to see the days grow longer again, in contrast to the weather growing colder. The Christmas holidays now quickly follow; full of traditions, gatherings, and (boating-related?) gifts for many of us. Next week, most of us will reflect on endings and celebrate beginnings, as we close out 2015 and welcome 2016.
How do you plan to wrap up the year and unwrap the new?
The end of last year found me at the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit here in Seattle, mesmerized by the Ikebana Float Boats (in my photo above), and the many other beautiful and stunning works by Dale Chihuly. I also enjoy the story behind the Ikebana Float Boats. I find commonality in how water and boats tie and connect us together as people, across countries and across cultures.
New Year observations also cross cultures and international boundaries, in that celebrations are nearly worldwide. Of course, not all New Year celebrations occur at the same time or even on the same day. The concept is universal. Here, the arrival of a new year provides an opportunity to take a look back; look ahead; and adjust our course, as necessary.
One of the joys of getting older is reflecting on previous years and realizing the importance of finding time for the things we enjoy. Get out on the water. Take time to play. We need to defy and redefine the “adult” label that tends to weigh many of us down like an anchor. Relax and enjoy time with your friends, family, pets, colleagues and others. Savor good food, art, music, the outdoors, and whatever else you might add to this list (film, books, games, classes, technology).
It was last year around this time that I first learned of the SlideMoor boat docking system. I didn’t envision then that a year later all of us would have gone places together on this blog, albeit virtually with words and photos. Hope you’ve enjoyed this past year as much as I have.
Cheers! Here’s to those fish stories from 2015 and to remarkable boating adventures in the coming year!