We measure a year in months and milestones
Birthdays and other anniversaries
The goals achieved, honours received
And various victories.
These things we dream of, yearn for, live towards
The dates forecast in calendars
And marked off by celebrations
Of our lives.
I wish you all that and more.
But when I wish you a happy new year
I know there will also be struggles
And challenges, and dirty dishes
Because this is life.
And so I wish you:
For when things turn out crazy
On days of loss or disappointment
In times of uncomfortable change
In the small things, not just the big ones
For the gifts you’ve had and will receive
For tomorrow and the morrow after
To do the things you most enjoy
In the fact of your humanity.
From my family to you: our best wishes for the year ahead.