Column: What will the new year bring?

Jane Reddington

Sounder Staff

Tuesday, December 27 2016

The presents have been unwrapped, the paper is out in the recycling, we’ve feasted, and now it’s time for the quiet that comes after all the excitement. As the new year approaches, it always amazes me to think that 12 months have passed since our last trip to this place.

I always feel hopeful as the days march towards December 31. Sometimes I like to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, sometimes not, but always I take time to reflect not just on resolutions I’d like to make and keep, but on the year that has passed, and always I give thanks.

Another trip around the sun has given me more time to do the things I love, like raising my children, giving to others, and most cherished are the memories I’ve made with my family, travelling this beloved planet. 

This year has been an especially dear one, with starting to write for this newspaper and digging back into my journalism school roots. I have loved sharing my thoughts and ideas with you dear readers and have appreciated being given a platform to write about what’s near and dear to my heart, events of the world, my family, my bipolar illness and, of course, the American election and politics. 

Most of all though, I have come to know more of the lovely people in our community and through writing about you I have been given a great gift.

I have been given a chance to tell your stories, partake in your tea parties, watch a blacksmith at work, learn about the Witness Blanket, and to meet people making a difference in our community. In the 11 years since I have lived on Gabriola, and now working for this paper, I have noticed a shift in our island. We are becoming slightly more urban. We are a busier island, more people are discovering this as a place to call home. Something is being lost, but I think much more is being gained.

Best of all, we are taking care of each other, thinking of how we can support important endeavours, and we are becoming more progressive, more in tune with each other and certainly a more caring society. Gabriola offers me so much. I never take this for granted. I am humbled by all the caring people around me and the quiet workers who do so much.

Take time, as the new year is upon us, to think of all you have accomplished this year, seeds you have planted that have surprised and delighted you. And be comforted always by this island that is such a remarkable place to live. In 2017, we have a chance to truly amaze ourselves by all we can be and do. For me, 2017 will be the year my husband comes home from working away these past two years. We already have a lot to celebrate.