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Rinelda’s Diary: I look forward to a productive New Year

15 December 2017
Author   Rinelda Mouton
By the time you read my next column, it will already be 2018.
As 2017 comes to a close, I firstly would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking time out to read my column every week. My writing in this section contained some of my feelings and thoughts that were very close to my heart.
After a rocky 2017, many people are under a lot of pressure to have a good time on New Year’s Eve and look forward to the brand new year. As one year comes to a close and ushers in a new one, many people may be hit with mixed feelings and emotions, but this must not be the case.
I am extremely excited about 2018 prospects and so should you. Yes, it has been a long and rocky 2017 for me as well, but I am looking forward to the new challenges and plenty of good moments that the New Year has to offer. The year 2017 gave me many great moments to celebrate, but I am now ready to wave it goodbye and welcome 2018.
To tell the truth, I am excited about 2018 because I like New Year’s Eve celebrations. As the countdown to the New Year starts, I always enjoy the fireworks. It makes me feel like a child again. I find fireworks beautiful and exciting.  
Fireworks are, however, not the only excitement for me; there is also that kiss at the stroke of midnight.
According to English and German folklore, the first person you encounter in a new year and the nature of this encounter sets the tone for the rest of the year. A kiss is about strengthening ties you wish to maintain in the future.
They say if a couple that celebrates together does not take the time to lock lips, then the relationship will have problems throughout the year. For single people, there is a superstition that not kissing anyone portends a year of loneliness.
I love New Year’s Eve because for me it is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look forward. It is the time to set new goals to reach my full potential in the things that matter most to me. I am a big fan of starting afresh.
I agree with Mohammed Sekouty, who said: “It is not only a new year; it is a new chance for everyone to restart.”  
For me, New Year brings a fresh start and a sense of rejuvenation and rebirth. I would often make my New Year’s resolutions in an attempt to improve myself and also the lives of those around me. 
For 2018, I want to dream big. I want to spend more time with my family and friends.  I want to do the things that make me happy, and I will listen to my heart and follow my instincts. Next year will be my happiness year, so I am looking forward to 2018!
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 

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