Giocomo Leopardi in his Operette Morali, that I came across quite some time ago and that is so suited to this time of year. It reads:
"Quella vita ch'è una cosa bella, non è la vita che si conosce, ma quella che non si conosce; non la vita passata, ma la futura. Coll'anno nuovo, il caso incomincerà a trattar bene voi e me e tutti gli altri, e si principierà la vita felice. Non è vero?”
Roughly translated into English this means something like: That life which is a beautiful thing, is not the life that you know, but that you do not know; not the past life, but the future. With the new year, things will begin to treat you well as well as me and everyone else, and a happy life will begin for you. Is this not true?
It's a sardonic question. A New Year is not necessarily going to bring us happiness. We just think so.
It had been my plan to decorate the outside of the journal when I first started working in it at the beginning of 2015 so I had been using both the back and the front to wipe up left over paint and test out stencils and stamps thinking it would all be covered up anyway. By the time I did this last spread though, I had come to like the resulting very messy look so I'm leaving it be, only adding the year to the front of the cover.
See you back here in the New Year! Have a good one.