My celebration consisted of a visit from a friend and a quiet night in. Last Wednesday, I came down with the nasty Korean cold (flu?) that I have now experienced 5 times since living here. It still hasn't left, several days later, but at least I'm up before noon and ache free--a huge improvement from New Year's Eve.
It's funny that the new year should bring on more feelings of home than Thanksgiving or Christmas, but I found myself more pensive and a tad bit emotional yesterday.
2010 was a great year. I said hello in Kansas. Spent some time in the great state of Pennsylvania (even did a stint making Hershey Kisses). Then, I found myself, somewhat upside-down, in Korea.
And what an experience Korea has been. New people, language, culture, job. My heart broke--it's slowly being sewn together. I've spent more time staring at laundry soap (is it soap? softener?) and tights (what does this size mean?) than I probably ever will again. Twenty-ten was a growth year.
Dear Katrina in 2011,
Please allow yourself to continue growing, both as an individual and as a soul connected to the earth. Let yourself deepen your appreciation and awareness for how your actions affect others. Open your heart to new experiences. Give yourself the strength to see joy in small moments. Laugh, thrive, and above all else: breathe.