This weekend, my husband had a conversation with a friend of ours who mentioned that 2012 may not have been our best year. The funny thing is that I never thought of it in that way.
Yes, we did have a whole bunch of shitty incidences take place throughout the last 12 months, especially over the summer as I noted in my post Is It August Yet?, but ultimately, I still feel pretty blessed.
So instead of sharing all the ways in which my life sucked this year, in a totally unexpected turn of events, here are all of the reasons why my life ruled in 2012:
After applying to school for the last two years, we got in! My son now attends an awesome private school that goes through 8th grade and will allow us to stay put in the city for as long as we want. Oh yeah, and my daughter will get to go there too, so ahhhhhh…
My husband and I had our 6th anniversary. We’re in a whole lot of love. On top of that, we actually like each other. I’d rather be with him than almost anyone else in the world. I get that it’s only been 6 years, but that’s still pretty cool, right?
My kids are growing up. They aren’t babies anymore. They love each other. Even when they are fighting about who gets to open the garage door. They make me totally crazy and totally happy at the same time. I literally don’t remember what it was like before they came along but I do know that it was never this good.
I have managed to keep all of my current friends and make some amazing new ones. I’m a horrible telephone friend…I literally can’t stand talking on the phone because I never know how to get off and it stresses me out. But I love my friends. They mean the world to me, and I’d be a pretty lonely little lady without them. So cheers to them!
All 4 of my kids’ grandparents are happy and healthy. Not to jinx it, but I have a good feeling they’ll be attending school performances and ballet recitals for years to come. Thankfully. For all of us.
I went to the Neimans/Target and Kohl’s/Narciso Rodriguez mashups and got everything I wanted before it sold out! Ok, that’s a shallow one, but as a lover of all things fashion, it was a lot of fun for me to stand in line at Target at 7:30AM on a Saturday morning and be a part of the designer-blue-light-special hubbub. I did go to the H&M/Maison Martin Margiela sale but I waited a few days on that one since there was a whole system of wristbands and camping out that was totally freaky, even to me. After all, Saturday morning at Target seemed a hell of a lot more sane than sleeping out on Michigan Avenue to get a weirdo pair of pants from H&M. I’m a normal person, not a clothing-crazed lunatic. Well, at least that’s how I see myself.
So you get the point. I’m a pretty happy chick. I feel lucky because the fact of the matter is that everyone has crappy days, crappy months and even crappy years. But one lesson that stuck out for me this year is that everyone is someone else’s best case scenario.
Am I jealous of my friends who didn’t have a lice infestation or who went on family vacations that didn’t end up in the ER? Sure. But somewhere, someone is wishing upon a star that they had come up with the name Dirt From The Playground, had a loving, adorable family and got the very last ice blue, chunky, cropped, cardigan sweater from the MMM line at H&M. So HA!