I wouldn't live the last year over again for the world. And that's a good thing, because it's a sign that I feel I've grown.
However, the one thing I do miss about this time last year is the anticipation of new possibilities that seemed to be springing up everywhere... Now, it seems that new possibilities prefer to shatter like sugar glass before my eyes.
Last year, I was almost hopelessly boxed in by a few small ideas. Contrary to the mistrust that I thought I embodied at the time, I whole-heartedly believed in façades that I am now slightly more able to see through. I was much more naïve, much more easily duped--by a belief in the infallibility of others, by the idea that hideous and painful mistakes were not as easily made as I now know them to be. By a powerful and misplaced confidence in society as a whole. By a blind desire to achieve lofty ideals of love and peace and happiness.
I still cherish those ideals, but less blindly.
And for that, I am truly thankful.
I hope that all of my fellow Bloggers have taken lessons from their pain, their errors, their trials in the past year, and have been able to convert that past evil into present and future good.