We are heading into the home stretch of 2016, guys.
It’s safe to say it’s been a year full of ups, full of downs and so many in betweens. I think this time of year and the angsty reflection that comes with it can prove to be a chance to give ourselves a much-needed pep talk. Think the booming voice of James Earl Jones reverberating from the sky each night, encouraging us to remember who we are. (Or maybe that’s just my Google maps telling I took a wrong turn. Again.) It’s a chance to remind ourselves of what we’ve loved about our lives and ourselves this past year, and to be okay with all the imperfections. To love them, even, because they’ve made us who we are, at this very moment, here and now.
It can also be a time to look forward at what’s to come. Between you and I, I’ve never been a big fan of resolutions, instead focusing more on improving an already greatly lived life. And y’all, I’ve lived a pretty damn great life thus far in my almost 30 years. But there are always things that I can improve on, do differently, figure out and try. That’s kind of the beauty of life though, isn’t it? It’s never too late to do or see or feel or experience.
My wish for you this new year is that you do just that.
In this new year, I hope you do things that challenge you.
That trip to Australia that you have been dying to take, that side job you know will push your limits or that coffee date with a loved one you haven’t seen in years. I hope you do things that frighten you, like kiss the person who makes your heart flutter, or send that risky text or reach out to an old friend and repair a broken relationship. It is in these hard moments that you grow the most, that you strengthen your heart, that you learn who you are and who you wish to become. So I hope you decide to challenge yourself in this new year. Your mind and your body are more powerful than you think.
In this new year, I hope you say yes.
Say yes to that date, say yes to that slice of chocolate cheesecake, say yes to that girls’ weekend in Las Vegas or the boys’ softball tournament in the city. Say yes to that new project at work. Say yes to something you never thought you would. Say yes to something that’s probably going to end up terribly, but is still worth it for the experience and the lessons. Say yes because yes gives you opportunities. Say yes because saying yes is infinitely better than wondering what could have happened.
In this new year, I hope you go after what you want.
Life is too short to wonder what could have been, or to waste time chasing the wrong things. If it’s a job you want or a person you love, if it’s a future you’ve believed in or a dream you’ve been craving, go after it, fully and completely. I hope this year is one for selfish pursuits and confidence. I hope that all that you take steps forward where you were hesitant. I hope you stop holding back.
In this new year, I hope you are fearless.
I hope you stop second-guessing and questioning your decisions. I hope you stop wondering ‘what if’ and playing it safe. I hope you always use your head, but I hope you follow your heart, too. I hope you learn that fear is holding you back from who you could be, and you don’t allow it to anymore.
In this new year, I hope you smile.
I hope you find reasons to be happy, big or small, and carry those with you wherever you go. I hope you stop worrying about things you can’t control or people you can’t change. I hope you speak words of kindness to yourself and to others. In this new year, I hope you’re happier.
In this new year, I hope you live louder.
I hope you laugh more. I hope you sing at the top of your lungs. I hope you drive with the windows down and let the wind rustle through your hair. I hope you hug. I hope you kiss. I hope you surround yourself with people who make you feel alive. I hope you become the type of person that brings good energy wherever you go, and the type of person people want to be around. I hope you speak what’s on your mind, that you raise your voice for injustice, that you tell others that you love them, instead of waiting until it’s too late. I hope you live louder, shine brighter. This is your year.
If I’ve learned anything this past year (besides finally figuring out how to fold a fitted sheet), it’s that we shouldn’t be in such a rush to figure everything out. Embrace the unknown, try, fail, make mistakes. Let life surprise you!
Cheers my friends, to an incredible and unforgettable 2017!