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As We Approach the New Year and Conclude 2022: Exploring Endings through Art

by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC

The end of the year is a time of endings and beginnings. It's a time to set goals and to make plans for the future. It's also a time to celebrate all that we have accomplished in the past year. It's a time when we reflect on the past year and set resolutions for the coming one. It's a time of transition, when the old gives way to the new. Just as a new day represents a fresh start and the opportunity to do things differently, the end of a year provides an opportunity for reflection and assessment. As we move into the final days of this year, what can we learn from the symbolism and significance of endings?

Endings are often seen as negative, but they can also be viewed as a time of transition, growth, and rebirth. Endings are a necessary part of life. They give us a sense of closure and allow us to move on to new beginnings. They help us to grow and learn from our experiences. The end of a year is a time of transition, as we move from one season into another. It is a time of letting go and moving on.

Endings can be physical or emotional. A physical ending might be a termination of a relationship, the end of a job, or the death of a loved one. An emotional ending might be the end of a phase in your life, such as when you graduate from school or get married.

We're nearing the end of the year, and with it comes a time for reflection and contemplation. As we approach the end of this cycle, what are we leaving behind? What are we taking with us into the next? In order to make the most of the opportunities that endings offer, it is important to understand the symbolism and significance that they hold. What have you learned from your past experiences? What do you need to let go of in order to make room for new beginnings? What are your resolutions for the coming year?

As we approach the end of another year, it's time for reflection and thinking about the year ahead. There are always things we can improve on, goals we want to achieve, and changes we want to make. Consider how your personal art can help you to explore these questions. Here are some ideas for creating art around this topic:

1) What went well in the past year?

Think about all the things that went well in the past year – both personal and professional. Make a drawing that reflects one or more ideas and give yourself credit for all you've accomplished. This can include big things like getting a new job or moving to a new city, as well as smaller things like learning a new skill or making new friends.

2) What were your biggest achievements?

Create a drawing of how you may have achieved a goal that you set for yourself and what that experience was like for you. Consider what steps you took and skills that you used to achieve these accomplishments.

Endings can be bittersweet, but they are also an important opportunity for growth. They can help us to let go of what is no longer serving us, to come to terms with what has happened, and to embrace the new possibilities that await us. May you find peace and closure as you approach the end of the year. May you be open to new beginnings and all that they have to offer.

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