Thus, if there are any festivities on December 31st or today, New Year's Day, it's for farungs like me's benefit.
Today feels a lot like any other day.
But I've learned that any other day is special. For instance, this post is one of my favorites and a good one to contemplate on New Years Day: "If Not On the Day I Die, Then Not Today."
Nothing outward bellows a New Year here in Phuket town as I sit in an Internet cafe where no one seems to speak a speck of English.
Yet it does feel like a new year. Yesterday I happily (not guiltily as it was my first dip in the water since I arrived in Thailand) snorkeled off the very beach that almost swallowed me up. A new chapter begins.
I leave you with a short New Year's (paraphrased) blessing that I'm passing on from a monk I met on Christmas Day:
You can have anxiety or wonder in the face of the unknown. With loving-kindness for ourselves, we would make that choice easily.
And another spoken from a true survivor as seen from the whiteboard of the Apache Bar on Phi Phi island:
Enjoy your life, Anything can Happen.