Sometimes it feels like there's so much in this world that we can't control, earthquakes, floods, reality shows, but it's important to remember the things that we can control: Forgiveness, second chances, fresh starts, because the one thing that turns the world from a lonely place, to a beautiful place... is love. Love in any of its forms, love gives us hope, hope for the new year.

What makes me wonder is why people often wonder about the meaning of life, but the thing we will never be able to realize, is that the meaning of life is what YOU make it to be. There's no set goal in life, that's why you make up your own goals in life and try so hard to achieve them, to fulfill and complete YOUR OWN story. You build your own history, you build your own future, YOU are the one that decides what the meaning of life is, for YOU!

And if you let your past hold you back, you will never come to the realization, that if you don't focus on what's coming, you'll never be able to appreciate what you've had and what you've learned from what you've done in your past.

The celebration of a new year is there to remind us, to stop and reflect over the year that has gone by. To remember both our triumphs and missteps, our promises we've made and broken. The times we opened ourselves up for great adventures, or closed ourselves down for the fear of getting hurt. That's what life is all about, getting a new chance, a chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more and to love more.

It's there to remind us to stop worrying ourselves for "what if", and start embracing what will be. So, listen to your heart, take that leap of faith, because what would you have done today, if you knew, you wouldn't fail?