As the year draws to a close, it is natural to look back on the events of the previous 365 days. What happened that was notable?
Over the course of a year, many things happen. Some are happy; others sad. Some might make you joyful, or frustrated, or might even leave you feeling indifferent.
As a subset of everything that happened, there are the events that are notable, for one reason or another.
For a start, it may be personally notable for you specifically. Perhaps you lost and/or started a job. Maybe you relocated. You may have lost someone close to you, or experienced a significant birthday. A personally notable event is something that impacts your everyday life in a pretty major way.
Then there are those things that happen to those people close to you. Someone may have had a health scare, or a sibling welcomed a new baby to the mix. These things may not directly impact you, but may have changed the lives of those you care about the most.
Then there are things with broader significance, but may be even further removed from your day-to-day life. Think political unrest (at home or abroad), or maybe environmental disasters, like flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, or something similar. Ongoing or starting wars or conflicts are another possibility.
So what are your high-(or low-)lights from the year just passed? Was it more or less eventful from previous years?
The end of the year is filled with all sorts of holidays. Whatever holiday you celebrate, does it fill you with wonder?
Having a sense of wonder is, well, wonderful. To look around you and be filled with a sense of awe is a feeling like no other.
And yet, the older we get, the harder it is to maintain that sense of grandeur, or awesomeness. It might be a function of age, or perhaps experience. It might have something to do with how busy we are, or how tired we may get.
Whatever the reason may be, it is typical for awe to decrease as we get older. Our sense of wonder can be harder to tap into.
But we still try, and sometimes we are even successful.
Do you find yourself filled with awe, when celebrating your religious or secular holiday? Or do you find yourself jaded? Or something in between?