All the photos used in this post are by Thomas Chen Photography.
For nine years now, my best friend Kim and I have released balloons or prayer lanterns towards the end of the year or on New Year’s Day. It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions. We write on one balloon or lantern all the things that we could have done without from the previous year or want to avoid in the upcoming year. On the other balloon or lantern, we write our hopes and wishes for the upcoming year. It feels like each year the balloon where we list our grievances gets sparser. I think we are evolving to be better at not keeping relationships and things that drain us.