In 2012 I probably should have died. I was in a major car accident and honestly feel that if I had been an inch taller, my spine would have snapped. Instead, I merely broke my neck and had to have emergency surgery. Sure, the aftermath and recuperation was difficult for me, but I know that it was a lot more difficult on my family, who immediately rushed to be by my side from all over the country. They after all, had to look at the mess of me, with all the bruises and cuts–oh, and the holes they drilled in my head to place the halo. I didn’t have an opportunity to even look at myself until about five or six days after the accident. And maybe because of how close I came to dying, no one really talked about it last Christmas (2012), though we all made a huge effort to be together. Since the accident, I’ve been and thought so many cliches that I probably don’t need to spell them all out here, except to say that I am glad to be alive and ready for a fresh new year. So as 2013 comes to an end, I look back on a year of healing and growth and look forward to making the most of and improving upon this life I have been given. Thank you for allowing me to make that journey with you. May everyone out there have a wonderful new year.