Here’s to A New Year


I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

Neil Gaiman

The New Year is upon us and you know what that means…

“New Year, New Me!”

“This is the year everything is going to change!”

“Here’s my chance to do things right!”

It is the time of optimism and goals, hope and enthusiasm. I think it is all good… in theory. I mean, everything can be approved upon, right? Here’s the thing though, I am not interested in a short term adaption or adjustment. I am not interested in hypervigilance for a short amount of time. When I stopped and took stock of my last year, it was then that I realized I wanted more than a New Year’s resolution. I wanted something that would make me happy for years to come. When I came upon the quote above, I knew that I had found what I was looking for. The last few months of my life have been interesting. I have lost. I have loved. I have connected so deeply with people I would have never thought possible. I have grown and matured in ways I didn’t believe possible.

That being said, my journey is far from over. While I hope this upcoming year brings zero medical complications, I hope it is far from perfect. I hope that I make mistakes. From these mistakes, I hope that I learn lessons that will better the person that I am. I hope that my heart gets broken because I took an opportunity to love, instead of a chance to run away. I hope that I become scarred, because I was brave enough to run as quickly as my legs could carry me. I wouldn’t mind hiding in a corner at a party, a shy wallflower, because I was adventurous enough to step through the door.

It is true, the New Year is an incredible blessing, for more reasons than one. It is an opportunity for a second chance to do things right. It is the chance to try again after a temporary setback. I am not here to push a resolution on you. Instead, I hope that I have inspired you. You are perfect, just as you are. This New Year, seek not to change the cosmic being that you are. Instead, chase those things that add to your life. Breathe, drink and be merry. Look enthusiastically to the future and allow yourself the opportunity to have everything you want, and deserve!