What I Want This Year
For those of you who are new to this place, late last summer I started a new ritual at the beginning of each month. The idea came after a particularly rough time. I wanted to feel balanced, accomplished and joyful again. And as simple as this idea was, it really worked wonders in healing my spirit. I knew quickly that this practice was something I wanted to continue well into the future.
It’s easy really. The 1st rolls around, and I think carefully about what I need and want, emotionally, to be stronger and overall the best possible version of me. I have committed to sharing those thoughts here for all the world to see, mostly to hold myself accountable but to also, humbly, perhaps inspire others to be healthier, stronger and more balanced. While this is my monthly goal, the start of a new year presents a significant opportunity to not only look ahead to the next thirty or so days, but to also look at the next 365 to determine what I need, what I want, and what my role is if I am to be successful in achieving it.
This year I resolve to achieve the usual things. I want to rest well, eat better and exercise more so I can feel and be healthier. I want to maintain the discipline to better manage my time. I want to breathe more, listen better and speak responsibly. I want amazing, magical moments with the people I love most. I want to be a better friend. I want to immerse myself in the unrivaled majesty of nature, and seek inspiration in the simplest things. And I want to put pen to paper every single day, spinning words into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into pages, so I can meet my writing goals and continue on the path to publishing success.
But if I have to narrow it down, what I want is courage, and loving myself enough to know that my words matter, that I matter, and even I, in my little corner of the world, even I have the power to be the change I wish to see. All I can do is take each day as it comes, make the best choices I can, and do the best I can. And hold on to the steadfast belief that I can do it. In the brilliant words of Sylvia Plath,
“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”
I wish you an amazing year. And whatever it is you hope to achieve, I wish you every success. Let’s believe in ourselves, and each other.