As December is coming to a close it is customary to reflect on the year that is about to finish and make plans for the year to come.
I don't know how you feel about it but since 2020 I have stopped making long term plans for fear of disappointment. This does not mean that I can live fully in the moment but I have certainly become more accepting to the fact that things might go in a completely different direction from what I initially wanted and that, in one way or the other, it is going to be ok.
Being prepared to change whilst staying true to oneself has been at the centre of my thinking this week and the traditional wedding rhyme "Something old, something new..." seems particularly apt for this little reflection of mine. This is not because we are expecting church bells to ring anytime soon, but because of what these few words, often repeated mechanically, actually mean. "Something old" is representative of our links to the past, whilst "Something new" is representative of the good things that are yet to come.
This year hybrid-t has certainly been my link to the past, a past in the UK that kept me for over two decades in a constant flux of learning and growing, firmly outside my comfort zone and teaching me daily that it is fine to make mistakes so long as you learn from them.
hybrid-t, however, is also a tangible representation of my future, born out of an idea I had as I was packing my bags to leave my home of many years, created during a year of transition and uncertainty and now developing steadily, as I rediscover myself on this new and exciting learning and growing path.
So, what is my take away message to you, my reader? Life might not always take you where you want or plan but by staying on a learning and growing path, renewal and change will find their way to you in the most unexpected ways! Don't forget to carry "something old" with you in 2023; your "something new" is already part of who you are, just be ready to embrace it in whichever form it comes.
Un po' di aiuto - keywords
coming to a close = sta finendo
live fully in the moment = vivere completamente il momento, cogliere l'attimo
in one way or the other = in un modo o nell'altro
staying true to oneself = restare fedeli a sé stessi
seems particularly apt for = sembra adattarsi particolarmente bene a
church bells to ring anytime soon = la rima si riferisce a ciò che, secondo la tradizione, la sposa dovrebbe fare/indossare il giorno del matrimonio. Church bells... significa che non ci stiamo aspettando che suonino le campane a nozze.
the good things that are yet to come = le cose belle che devono ancora arrivare
constant flux of learning and growing = cambiamento costante di apprendimento e crescita
so long as you learn from them = a patto che si impari dai propri errori
developing steadily = crescendo costantemente
will find their way to you = ti troveranno
be ready to embrace it = sii pront@ a cogliere ciò che arriva