Tonight we are wrapping up 2015 and ringing in a new year. Many people like to honor New Year’s by going out to a restaurant, bar or party, but I’ve always been pretty low-key when it comes to celebrating the new year. I can appreciate celebrating a brand new start and reminiscing all the events of the past year, but I guess I prefer a night at home versus a crazy-night out.
A simple homemade dinner with good company is my favorite kind of New Year’s Eve. This year I’ve thought a lot about time, both how I spend my time and with whom. Time and how we use the time we have on earth is important. Prioritizing, I believe, is the key to making the most of 24 hours we are allotted each day. Defining my priorities and deciding how I want to improve my use of time in 2016 is what I’m contemplating this New Year’s Eve.
Like many others, I was deeply touched by the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s piece “Before I Go: A Stanford Neurosurgeon’s parting wisdom about life and time” which delves into issues of mortality and the double-edge sword of both the swiftness and languor or time. He wrote a message to his infant daughter stating, “When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied”. His musing poignantly addressed that even with all the amazing accomplishments and contributions during his life, it was the simple joys in life that in the end were fully satisfying.
Note: For a simple yet delicious dinner on New Year’s Eve or any night, try my recipe for Sauteed Vegetable Crustless Quiche with a simple green salad.
I hope you enjoy your New Year’s Eve and also think about how you want to prioritize your time in 2016!