With 2017 in full swing, I was thinking over what I hope this year will mean for everyone – including myself. And we always hear the same things: challenge yourself, say yes, decide you can, let go, and be happy! While I hope for all of these things, let’s be a little more realistic about how this year will probably go.
This year, we all woke up excited (for the most part) because 2016 is finally over! It was a long year and now ‘TG’ because it’s 2017!
January 1st, jump out of bed after a great night of sleeping in, do a little dance in the morning, and head to breakfast. “It’s going to be a great year! This is MY year!”
So you eat your breakfast burrito with a ferocity that no year has ever seen. It’s delicious. You wish that this moment could last FOREVER.
But then you realize… it’s still just the same old, same old. Yesterday’s problems still exist. You still have that load of laundry, your bank account is still threatening to make you homeless, the excess of holiday food is finally making even your stretchy pants a little tight, and you’ve watched Elf so many times that you’re actually beginning to think it’s normal to wear tights all day while screaming Christmas cheer in people’s faces. Let’s face it, we’ve kind of let go, because that’s what the holidays are for, right?
I myself am still in the stage of denial that life needs to be attended to. But on the other hand, we have to shape up. We have to go back to school, back to work, and back to being out in public. We have to put our “leisure wear” away, as much as it stings.
The days of lounging in robes, working on our ‘Santa figures’, and having our biggest worries be about what kind of cookies we leave by the tree… are over. And it hurts.
So as this new year unfolds, we might have some of the same emotions we had in 2016:
There will be days that we just want to sit inside.
And there will be times when those around you just don’t understand that life is hard.
Work and school and the daily 9-5 will probably
some, or most, days.
But in the end, this year we still have to find the bright sides of life. And we have to try to make it the best year we have had so far.
<– Sometimes yes, it is.
And sometimes –> this it the best way we will know how to respond to a situation.
But we KEEP GOING. The best advice I have for this year, is just keep on going. Keep working, keep trying, keep failing, keep succeeding, and keep doing your best. We aren’t going to always look great doing it…
And we might be a little in over our heads at some point…
But KEEP GOING.
Apply for the job you don’t think you’re qualified for, take the trip you’ve always wanted to or study abroad in a country you never would have seen yourself in. Take that class that you’ve desired to but don’t think you’d succeed in, write a paper against your professors’ beliefs and for yours. Get coffee with that person who asked you, make the call to someone you’ve missed and can’t admit it to. Repair the friendship that you can’t live without. Hard moments and tough decisions are risky. But risk is what makes you tough, makes you grow, and fortifies your heart. It challenges you to go after who you are and who you want to be.
Say yes to the chocolate, the extra piece of pizza, and even the kale smoothie. Say yes to the weekend trips, the unplanned, and the once in a lifetime experiences. Say yes to the big project at work and the chance to fail, but more importantly, the chance to succeed. Say yes to the opportunities and the possibilities.
Let go of the relationships and the friendships that only tear you down. Let go of the negativity and the constant strings holding you back from living positively. Forgive those who hurt you and use that experience to grow. Forgive, but don’t always forget, because while you no longer need to hold that anger in, don’t allow yourself to be in such a situation again. Let go of what’s holding you back.
Decide you can do it. Don’t second guess and doubt yourself. Use your head but follow your heart. Don’t overthink and overanalyze every single thing. Decide that you are capable. You are able. You can do what you put your mind to.
And finally, be happy. Find more reasons to laugh. Sing loudly and drive with your windows down and the wind in your hair. Figure out ways to make yourself feel more alive than you’ve ever felt before. Smile more. Speak what’s on your mind. Stand up for yourself. Tell those you love that you love them. Be loud, be bold, and be honest.
Because who knows what going to happen? You might actually get that job, you’ll have a blast on the trip you told yourself you didn’t have time for, you’ll find new friendships that build you up, and you’ll find yourself with more opportunities than you ever thought existed for you.
Make a year that you can come to the end of and honestly say that in 2017 you did everything you could. Because this is….
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