It happens every year, but I still feel the need to post about it: The “New Year” phenomenon. There’s something about having to write a new year on the date line of checks and essays that makes me feel like I’m right on the edge of a turning point. It is the hope of a fresh start.
I know that there really isn’t any difference between the 31st of December and the first of January. I understand that I shouldn’t need party poppers and champagne to motivate myself. I get all of that in theory, but I still get happy butterflies of excitement and unexplored potential when that ball drops and Ryan Seacrest wishes me a happy new year (does that man ever age?).
I don’t like to think of it as “New Year, New Me” because I know that’s not true. I prefer “New Year, New Chances for Me to Make Better Mistakes.”
Here are my two lists. One to sum up my last year and one to set up my new one.
Thirteen Things I Learned In 2013
- You are never alone.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Traveling alone is liberating.
- Yoga is better for your soul than it is for your physical body.
- You will laugh more if you put your phone down.
- Oven-roasted vegetables are very important.
- Cajun spices makes everything better (related to #6).
- Money is a stupid construct and I hate the rat race.
- Less is more, except when it comes to hugs and drinking water.
- The mountains make me feel at home.
- Never pass up an opportunity to pet a dog.
- Every emotion is valid. Maybe not rational, but definitely valid.
- Give more than you take.
Fourteen Hopes For 2014
- Pay my rent early at least once.
- Hug more people.
- Pet more dogs.
- Whine less.
- Be less afraid to be goofy in public.
- Stop telling people what to do.
- Blog more!
- Don’t set an alarm once a week.
- Travel out of the country.
- Actually step foot into the Rec.
- Hit both my Dance Marathon and Camp Kesem fundraising goals.
- Don’t overdraw my bank account even once.
- Retain everything I learned in 2013.
- Remember to “Be a best friend, tell the truth and overuse ‘I love you.'” (Thanks, Lee Brice)
Here’s to potential, motivation and sunflowers.
We all have the same amount of time in 2014 as Beyoncé.
Let’s get to work.