Last Year

"Happy New Year!"

That's what we say this time of year. Some of us really mean it. Most of us just kind of say it on auto-pilot like the late December version of "How are you?" Regardless, it's what we say. We don't sorrowfully whisper "Sorry to hear about your year ending" to the cashier at the grocery store as we gather our bags and head toward the exit. No. We say "Happy New Year!" We don't organize a metaphorical funeral procession for the old year that is nearing it's demise. Nope. We throw a party and celebrate the birth of a New Year! "Happy New Year!"

I don't know if we all realize it or not but there is a tremendous amount of hope effortlessly falling from our lips right now. That phrase alone is a declaration that the next 12 months are at the very least going to be "happy." It's ingrained in our culture to greet these next few weeks with optimism and expectancy. Unfortunately, most of us never figure out how to capitalize on this annual opportunity for positive growth. We have however mastered the art of the February face plant... tripping  into most new years over failed resolutions. If we really want to make some changes this year, we need to purposefully step into 2018 as "a new beginning" instead of falling in as just "another attempt."

In November of 2011 I was hanging out at my house with one of my good friends, and now guitar player/production partner, Shane Cole. We were casually messing around with a couple acoustic guitars and talking about life (and drinking way too much coffee as we always do). I don't think we were necessarily planning to write a song that day... but as it does sometimes, it happened. That year had been fairly rough for me in a number of ways. That looming fact lead us into a conversation about how glad we were that some particular struggles in our lives had finally seemed to somewhat fizzle out. I've always loved the talk of new beginnings and fresh winds blowing around the new year. I mentioned that I couldn't wait to just start over completely in January.  Shane said something to the effect of, "I'm glad I'll at least be able to say 'that was last year.'" Then, of course, I suggested "Oooo let's write a song about that." So we did. More on that later.

2017 was actually a great year for me personally. For some though, it may have been their worst year yet. And there are many I'm sure who just "got through" the last 365 days. Whether this year was fantastic or complete garbage, we all have things that we wish could have been different. We've all done things we wish we would have done differently or maybe even wish we would never have done at all. Some of us experienced some terrible things in 2017 and feel like we're barely breathing as we drag ourselves into January. Regardless of how the last year went for us, we now have the chance to hit the reset button. 

WILKES music happy new year 2018

 If we really want to make some changes this year, we need to purposefully step into 2018 as "a new beginning" instead of falling in as just "another attempt."

If 2017 was your best year yet... hit reset and do 2018 even better! If 2017 was the worst year yet... his reset and start again fresh! Either way, it's all in the rear-view now. Whether you're eager to do things differently or chomping at the bit to experience round two... "December's coming to an end and you can finally start again."

"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." - Isaiah 43:18-19

"No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead." - Philippians 3:13

That song I spoke of earlier... it may not ever win me a Grammy or even make it on a record, but it's one of the most honest and heartfelt songs I've ever written (or co-written in this case). It still speaks to me every December. And every year it says something slightly different. For one, it shows me how much I've grown in the past six years. Not only in my craft but also emotionally and spiritually. Most importantly it still encourages me to greet each coming year with a renewed sense of hope. I hope it can do the same for you.

 

LAST YEAR

Times are harder than they've ever been
And now I wear these wounds as lessons learned
I pray they're not in vain
Me eyes, they can't believe the things they've seen
And oh my soul it knows this beating heart keeps beating
When it's bruised

I'd say I'm sick of this for sure
But midnight brings the cure

When I remember some of what I've done
I know I'm not the only one
Who's glad to say that
December's coming to an end
And I can finally start again
I'm glad to say "that's last year"

A memory, good or bad is in the past
A spirit left for broken can drag you down
But cannot keep you there

I'm meant for so much more
And midnight brings the cure

When I remember some of what I've done
I know I'm not the only one
Who's glad to say that
December's coming to an end
And I can finally start again
I'm glad to say

I'm glad to say "that's last year"
I'm glad to say "that's last year"
I'm glad that's last year

When I remember some of what I've done
I know I'm not the only one
Who's glad to say
When I remember some of what I've done
I know I'm not the only one
Who's glad to say that
December's coming to an end
And I can finally start again
I'm glad to say "that's last year"

 

On January 1st, everything that happened in 2017 is officially "last year."


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