With Reunion coming to an end, I feel a sense of peace and calm settling over me. And even though I try not to put too much into New Years–preferring to stay aware of the fact that earth is just flying through space around the sun and that years and simply a human invention to mark time–I inevitably find myself thinking back on the previous year, and wondering what the next year will bring me.
2015 was an interesting year. I can’t say that anything particularly exceptional happened–in fact, it seems like I should still be back in 2014. I remember (vividly) last year’s holiday season and it seems like barely any time has passed. I went to school. I went to work. I got an internship. Summer passed–I went out of town a couple of times, and to the beach–and school started again, and I did well in my classes and at my internship.
I guess one notable thing was that I had way more of a social life this year. I hung out with the girls from dance, and with people from school. I’m an introvert and I am very (very) happy staying a home, in my room, in pajamas, reading or watching netflix or playing video games. I could do that for a month straight, without seeing anybody, and be very happy still. When my life gets bogged down with too many social obligations (hint hint, this holiday break. Wayyy too much time spent away from my house) I lose all energy and I get stressed out. But still, there are certain people who I always like to hang out with, so it’s good that I got to spend time with them.
Moving into 2016, I don’t really know what to expect. I’m hoping for a little more excitement (but not too much more) but I really don’t know what’s going to happen after June when I (hopefully) graduate. My big goals for the year are to graduate (deadline to file for spring graduation is January 19th) and to get a job. If at all possible, I would like to move out towards the end of 2016–but that’s a long time away, and as I said, I have no idea where my life is going after graduation. But I have some connections–my internship supervisor for sustainability-related jobs, my professors for mathematics/industry jobs. But I’m leaning towards something related to sustainability, it’s really where my passion is. Which will be interesting, having a degree in math, but hey, I’ll make it work.
Spiritually, I feel like I’m also in sort of a weird place (if I didn’t make it clear above, I’m at a weird place in my life) but I would like to refocus on simpler things in 2016. Not that I do anything particularly complex, but I feel like I get sort of caught up in this weird artificial idea of what I should be doing and it prevents me from ever actually doing anything so I want to stop doing that and just focus on simple things. If I could develop a steady yoga & meditation habit, that would be awesome.
As for Otherfaith-specific goals–write more stories about the gods and spirits. I’ve got some ideas that I’ll flesh out with divination. Really actually get back into daily prayers. Finish all those series of posts that I started, maybe start some new ones.
I don’t know why, but I was also sort of daydreaming about what Reunion would be like if we ever can have an in-person gathering. Like, if we somehow end up close enough that we could meet in person, what would we do for Reunion?
I think the big gatherings would be at the start and end of Reunion. Probably on the 23rd for the beginning, or whatever day is convenient (I celebrate Christmas but I don’t know about my fellow Otherpeople, so as with all things it would just depend) but I don’t think it would be like a ritual or a typical neopagan gathering. We would do some sort of religious holiday observance–prayers, maybe a ritualized activity but not a big thing–but I mostly see it as being just a nice gathering of people with food and socialization, all in the name of our gods. And pretty much the same for the end of Reunion, I think.
Throughout the week, I think we would mostly just do our own thing (as mentioned above, introvert-Jenn does not enjoy to hang with people every day of the week), maybe meet in smaller groups just to get coffee or do Reunion themed activities (…like bake cookies in Otherfaith shapes??? omg, project for next year: REUNION COOKIES. In flavors associated with the gods, of course. Maybe just like an entire Reunion related meal? Would there be different foods at the start and end of Reunion? Seasonal foods? But then it would need to differ from typical Christmas foods which are seasonal-ish [cranberry sauce is a must, though] so maybe incorporating foods from other cultures? A dish for each god??? What alcohol would be appropriate??? I am literally going to spend 2016 planning Reunion meals for next year, oh my god. I am so excited. Why didn’t I think of this like 2 weeks ago???)
So anyways, I’m looking forward to the new year. It always feels so fresh at the beginning. I’m planning on not doing very much tomorrow–I’ll take a really long, relaxing bath, and then read or watch movies or something similarly relaxing. I will probably also do some morning yoga to start off the new year on the right foot, and eat a good breakfast (some kind of jazzed up oatmeal), but mostly I just want to relax.
I hope everyone has had a good week! Happy Reunion, and Happy New Year!