Another year has passed – busy, but somehow less dramatic than last year. How do you top 2014’s first child, first house, and first car? Simple: you don’t.
But 2015 has brought something different: a cementing of values, not least provided through prioritised family time. In the first months of the year I remained at home to take care of Lily while her mom went to work; a memory I will cherish forever. Later her grandma came to visit and babysit for a month, and in July we took a leap of faith in deciding to keep Lily at home instead of opting for the public day-care option which has become the standard. I am now the sole breadwinner; a decision we have not regretted for a second, when we see how she thrives and develops in the safe haven of our home. It is remarkable how what was the norm just a few generations ago has become counter-cultural.
2015 has not, for a change, been a year of travels. In fact, I will soon have completed a period of 12 consecutive months within the borders of Denmark – for only the second time in my life. Instead we have continued to enjoy our house and garden throughout the seasons.
Much of my spare time has been spent with Camerata, who have had a busy golden jubilee year in 2015. Choir experiences include many splendid concerts, a summer tour of Denmark, a celebration weekend, and of course ending on a high note with another round of Messiahs in December.
For all its harmony, 2015 will pale in comparison with 2016: the final months of this year have seen decisions and developments which promise to make next year eventful indeed. In February I will start my new job in Novo Nordisk, saying goodbye to the world of shipping after 4½ years. This will bring new challenges, a shorter commute, and hopefully many good experiences. And in July, we look forward to welcoming our second child to the family, also altering our in ways we cannot entirely fathom yet.
On that happy note, I wish you all a prosperous and interesting 2016! Happy New Year!