As the end of 2014 draws near, one is often compelled to reflect on all the happenings of the year. I hope the reader will be capable of searching deep within themselves, truly ruminating on all the events of the previous year in an effort to derive wisdom which will serve to better the year that is to come. I believe that all experiences can offer a modicum of wisdom and learning that should never be squandered. From the most obscene eruption of the bowels to the most profound acts of love and intimacy; from the most banal tasks of labor to the most exquisite art crafted, each experience bequeaths one with information that can expand one’s understanding of oneself and the universe.
We are all beset by bleak circumstances and indescribable loss, often at times when one least expects it. We have all made regrettable decisions, it is part of being human. We consumed too greedily, we spoke too carelessly, we neglected too frequently, and we acted too selfishly. Consequences of such actions tend to exact a heavy price, wherein one accrues a debt that is difficult to shake. But also I encourage the reader to reflect on all the good that has taken place and remember that salvation of a kind is possible. Only we can deliver ourselves from our own sins and the first step towards any kind of redemption begins with accepting responsibility in an adult sense.